An astonishing debut feature that heralds a new Australian cinematic talent, Bugs follows a group of high schoolers as they plan their weekend, jostling for attention and status in the complex hierarchy of social media. Meanwhile, in the nearby bushland lies the corpse of their classmate Amanda — not that anyone seems to care. Bug plays like the demented lovechild of Harmony Korine’s early work (Gummo and Kids) and Tim Hunter’s cult classic River’s Edge. That said, it’s very much its own beast, with a genuine local sensibility that finds the darkness behind even the most quaint of Australian suburbs.
“As a debut feature film, Bugs is a world-class observation of the lives of Australian high school students, past and present.”