The Jammed

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The Jammed
Directed byDee McLachlan
Written byDee McLachlan
Produced byDee McLachlan
Andrea Buck
StarringEmma Lung
Veronica Sywak
Saskia Burmeister
Sun Park
CinematographyPeter Falk
Edited byAnne Carter
Maryjeanne Watt
Music byGrant McLachlan
Distributed byTitan View
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
89 minutes

The Jammed is a 2007 film written and directed by Dee McLachlan.

The film is a story about human trafficking and the sex slave trade in Melbourne, and the search for three girls trapped by a trafficking syndicate. Court transcripts and actual events were an influence in the production of the film.

The Jammed was nominated for seven AFI Awards,[1] for four FCCA awards[2] and for six IF Awards,[3] winning for best feature film, best script and best music.[4]

The film was favourably reviewed by David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz.[5] Its original distribution plan of a DVD release was altered soon after filmmaker and distributor John L Simpson of Titan View used his own home mortgage to release the film. It ended up screening on 40 screens in Australia and 10 in New Zealand.[6]


The film begins with an interrogation in an immigration office of an illegal immigrant working as a prostitute on the verge of being deported. Throughout the film it becomes apparent that one of the interrogators (Damien Richardson) has had sex with the girl at an illegal brothel, negating his encouragement to her to tell the truth.

The film then backtracks to three weeks before when Ashley (Veronica Sywack), a bored, single insurance clerk, unwittingly becomes involved when she meets a Chinese woman, Sunee (Amanda Ma), as a blind-date airport pickup goes wrong. We learn that Sunee is searching for her daughter, Rubi. Through the various flashbacks, we meet Crystal (Emma Lung), Vanya (Saskia Burmeister) and Rubi (Sun Park), who have all been enslaved in a Melbourne brothel on a premise of "working off their debt" of the cost of being trafficked to Australia using false papers.


Actor Role
Emma Lung Crystal
Veronica Sywak Ashley
Saskia Burmeister Vanya
Amanda Ma Sunee
Masa Yamaguchi Dyce
Sun Park Rubi
Gareth Yuen Lai
Andrew S. Gilbert Mr. Glassman
Alison Whyte Mrs. Glassman
Anna Kim Anderson Rose


The film has been generally well received with praise for its frankness and cinematic telling of very serious true stories. Melbourne newspaper The Age said "The story rides on a strong undercurrent of information about the Melbourne sex slave trade, reflecting the extensive research that went into the film."[7]

Box office[edit]

The Jammed grossed $861,524 at the box office in Australia.[8]


  1. ^ The Herald Sun 04/12/2008 The Jammed is this year's big AFI Awards surprise
  2. ^ urban cinefile FCCA AWARDS 2008 – WINNERS
  3. ^ At the Movies IF Award Nominations
  4. ^ inside film The Jammed keeps running with NZ release
  5. ^ At the Movies The Jammed
  6. ^ The Age A wild ride ... and it's not over yet
  7. ^ "The Age – Film review "The Jammed" 2007". 16 August 2007.
  8. ^ "Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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