Deola Folarin

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Thursday, 10 June 2010 16:10




Jazz and Sadie are two fourteen year old mates getting ready to paint the town red for Guy Fawkes Night – barbaric, annual celebration in England of the burning of a man at the stake in the 17 century. Jazz is extrovert, fierce but girlie with far too much sex appeal for her age.  On the other hand; Sadie, a tomboy-cum-skater girl, is more subdued and moody. The girls are naughty and charming and have a great fondness for each other. They are obviously best pals, although clearly Jazz rules the roost!
The two kids get drunk, high and dress up a guy to burn on the private bonfire they have built on a derelict playground. Flash, bang! The fireworks explode out of the bonfire like a kaleidoscopic fountain. The bigger the fire gets the more the girls screech with teenage hysteria. They can scream as much as they like; no one has ever listened to them and no one is going to on the barren abandoned playground.
As Jazz and Sadie’s guy burns the horror of their crime is revealed. Inside the fabric Guy Fawkes is the dead body of an old age pensioner the two girls murdered and robbed for her pension money to buy drugs earlier that day.

BLAZE is a modern tale that begins in the genre of gritty, character-driven, psychological drama which gradually moves into a real terrifying horror as we realize the magnitude of the girls’ shocking action.

The piece is ‘loosely’ based on a true story about two fourteen year old girls who murdered an OAP in 1998.



Camilla Paglia [the famous American feminist] made an outrageous statement: "There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper."  Paglia's point is that men, rather than women, are found at both the positive and negative extremes of mankind’s exploits. Well, the latter part of the quotation certainly isn’t true. From the countess Elizabeth Báthory, allegedly responsible for the deaths of over 600 victims in the 14th century, to the late Aileen Wournos history reveals the existence of horrifying female murderers.  Society chooses to sweep such examples of female atrocity under the carpet because it doesn’t want to believe women, our mothers, the bearers of life, are capable of such destructive behaviour. 

Let me stress that I do not want to make BLAZE because I want to romanticise violence.  On the contrary, I want to make it because I would like the existence of female and child violence to be openly recognised.  Only then can its causes be discussed, studied and, hopefully, better prevented.  Making films like BLAZE can be part of the awareness process.


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