Oh my! Breaking Glass Pictures announced this past week that they’ve landed domestic DVD distribution rights to writer/director Kieron J. Walsh’s award-winning film, Jump. The street selected is Dec. 10.
Let’s just say it straight up. This film deserved a theatrical release and not just competition exhibition on the festival circuit. While the lack of a theatrical break is somewhat disappointing, savvy film lovers will have the opportunity to savor this gem in the home entertainment arena come December.
We begin with the amazing Nichola Burley (Donkey Punch, Kicks, Edge, etc.) as Greta, an alluring beauty complete with “angel wings” (a New Year’s Eve costume), standing on a bridge spanning the Foyle River in Derry, Northern Ireland. It’s party time, but she has decided to end her life.
At the moment of truth along comes Pearse Kelly (Martin McCann — as R.V. Burgin in The Pacific mini-series, Clash of the Titans, Killing Bono, etc.), who has had the snot kicked out of him by a couple of thugs for asking too many questions about his MIA brother.
He saves her, talks her down, and their evening together begins. But as with films like Crash and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the time frames shift around and we jump from the Greta/Pearse storyline to others connected to them, including her gangster father, Frank (Lalor Roddy) and her two friends (sort of comic relief), Marie (Charlene McKenna) and Dara (Valene Kane), who are expecting her for drinks and a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The storylines — the violence, pathos and comedy — all come together in the final stanza, but it is the getting there that makes Jump work so marvelously well.
Bonus features on the DVD release of Jump include cast and crew interviews and footage from the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. of 2012.
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