Jump: Fast-paced jaunt hits high notes
It's no mean feat to scoop an award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards, but that's exactly what Jump – a Northern Irish film that offers a comically dark sheen to the mean streets of Derry – did just a few months back.
Set over one turbulent New Year's Eve night in the Walled City, the action in Jump flits between several timelines and a motley array of characters to present a punchy little tale of gangsters, gals and guns, with nary a paramilitary in sight.
In spite of some dodgy dialogue, a few wildly eccentric accents and one or two performances that would be best glimpsed through squinted eyes, Jump largely succeeds because it is fast and funny, and has a whole lot of heart.
Huge credit must also go to director Kieron J Walsh and his team for realising on screen an aspect of Derry you won't see on many TV ads this year.
It's also a veritable who's who of local acting talent.
Good Vibrations star Richard Dormer even makes an appearance as a tormented thug.
Jump shows that there's more to Derry than mere culture.