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PUBLISHED: 17:47 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

DANGEROUS PARKING Cert 18 BASED on the critically-acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel by the late Stuart Browne, Dangerous Parking

DANGEROUS PARKING

Cert 18

BASED on the critically-acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel by the late Stuart Browne, Dangerous Parking tells the story of Noah Arkwright, (actor/writer/director Peter Howitt) a cult indie director whose love for the high life is leading him down a one way path to destruction.

Noah is too busy having fun drinking and snorting anything he can get his hands on to notice that he has a serious substance problem, until he meets Kristin (Rachael Stirling), a young former boozehound who has mended her ways.

The efforts of Kristin, his best friend Ray (Sean Pertwee) and a stark warning from a doctor convince Noah that his behaviour is killing him, prompting Noah to check in to a drying out clinic . The appearance of cellist Clare Mattheson (Saffron Burrows) reinforces his motivation further, but just as things seem to be looking up, Noah hears some very unwelcome news. The story unfolds in an extremely fragmented non-linear manner, and with a similar appetite for excess as his protagonist, Howitt throws every narrative device imaginable into the pot. There are a dizzying array of flashbacks, time leaps, hallucinations and fantasies, as well as a number of reflexive post-modern audience-baiting manipulations that go a bit too far at times. Unquestionably brave and impressive in scope, there is much to admire here but, ultimately, the film tries to be a little too clever for its own good.

* Dangerous Parking opens in cinemas on May 22.

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