INTERVIEW: The British are Coming (again)! Kerrigan's "Human Traffic"
by Paul Power
Welcome to the chemical generation. Justin Kerrigan, the 26 year-old
director of “Human Traffic,” sits in the lobby of his hotel, a pair of large
shades keeping the blinding midday light from his eyes. It’s only when he
takes his glasses off that you realize he’s been out, having it large the
night before: clubbing, raving, living the life that’s the setting for his
surprise hit film.
Set in Cardiff, South Wales over the course of a weekend, six friends come
to terms with their frustrations and insecurities through a drug haze. This
is a far cry from Wales, the rugby superpower, Land of Our Fathers, home of
Snowdonia and mining villages. Kerrigan has portrayed Cardiff as the heart
of a rave culture that 10 years ago put Manchester on the international club
and drug map. And Kerrigan makes it clear that there’s nothing sentimental
about the subculture he’s portraying, through a marvelous soundtrack that
features not a note from Tom Jones or Shirley Bassey.
His only genuflection to the older Wales is a hilarious cameo by Welsh
celebrity drug smuggler Howard Marks. The film, which cost a reported