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Paramount acquires Wasted on the Young

Wasted on the YoungParamount Pictures will distribute Ben C. Lucas’ debut Wasted on the Young in Australia and New Zealand in early 2011.

The high school drama premiered as part of the Sydney Film Festival Official Competition, receiving an honourable mention.

Wasted on the Young tells the story of two brothers on opposite sides of the social spectrum, separated by a serious incident that takes place at an alcohol and drug-fuelled house party. It incorporates the use of mobiles and social media as part of its storytelling.

The Perth-shot film received support from Screen West and completion funding from Screen Australia. Fortissimo Films is the international agent.

Paramount MD Mike Selwyn said the distributor recognised that Ben Lucas is a major new talent.

“Along with Janelle and Aidan, the producers, they have crafted a stunning, provocative film that Paramount is proud to be releasing,” he said.

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