Filmed over a single weekend, this will follow a number of groups in King’s Cross: a teenage rap group about to embark on their first live performance in a Kings Cross club, a 21st party and a hens night.
Filmed by Essential Media, their stories will be interspersed with interviews with various experts and people with a vested interest in the Cross – expected to include academics, club owners, police, pollies, charity workers, injecting room staff.
Immediately following, there will be a live chat hosted by Triple J’s Tom Tilley on ABC2, picking up the issues raised in the film.
Part observational documentary, part event TV, Dead Drunk responds to current concerns about Australia’s drinking and party culture and the propensity of young men and, increasingly, women for violence.
Focusing on the country’s ultimate party strip for an intense 12 hours, the film follows key characters as they party hell for leather in Kings Cross one Saturday night – cramming it all in before new lockout laws end their fun slightly earlier.
Leading figures and commentators will also be thrown into the KX mosh pit on the night, each giving their expert views on the way we drink and the alcohol-fuelled violence that so often follows.
Dead Drunk will be shot on a single Saturday/Sunday. Footage from half a dozen camera crews, the mobile phones of characters and fixed street cameras will bring to life the stories of key participants in the KX carnival over one night. It will be edited over the following nine days, and aired the following week.
The film will provide a very current snapshot of the Cross as the new lockout laws are implemented and bemoaned, endorsed and vilified, supported and disobeyed.
Immediately following the ABC1 broadcast, ABC2 will screen Dead Drunk: In Discussion – a live chat about the issues raised in the program. Hosted by Triple J Hack’s Tom Tilley, key characters from the documentary will join experts and stakeholders to look at the impact of New South Wales’ new lockout laws and the nation-wide issue of alcohol-fuelled violence more generally.
Tuesday 15 April, 8.30pm ABC1
Followed by Dead Drunk: A Night in Discussion at 9.30pm live (AEST) on ABC2