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by Dominic Murphy


Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, where every man owns a gun and a moonshine still, in a battered trailer, abides living legend Jesco White, 'the dancing outlaw'. As a boy Jesco was in and out of reform school and the insane asylum for taking drugs, stealing lighter fluid and for his wild behaviour. To keep him out of trouble, his daddy D-Ray taught him the art of mountain dancing – a frenzied version of tap dancing to wild country banjo music. After his daddy’s murder at the hands of a pair of drunken rednecks, the crazy but charismatic Jesco out on his daddy’s shoes, danced his way round the bars of the county where he met the love of his life, Cilla, who happened to be twice his age and half his height. The odd couple tried to settle down but tortured by the thought of his daddy’s killers still at large, Jesco’s demons resurfaced.

original title: White Lightnin'
country: United Kingdom, United States, Croatia
sales agent: The Salt Company
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Dominic Murphy
film run: 90'
release date: UK 25/09/2009, FR 17/02/2010
screenplay: Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti
cast: Edward Hogg, Carrie Fisher, Muse Watson, Clay Steakley, Kristijan Sajbl, Danny Nelson, Kirk Bovill, Raymond Waring
cinematography by: Tim Maurice-Jones, Blanka Budak
film editing: Sam Sneade
art director: Ivo Husnjak
music: Nick Zinner
producer: Sam Taylor, Mike Downey
production: Film and Music Entertainment, Mainframe Film Production, Vice Films (USA)
distributor: Momentum Pictures

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Berlinale 2009 Panorama

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