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Issue Details: First known date: 1983... 1983 Going Down
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'Karli is going to New York to escape her out-of-control life in Sydney. On her last night, three girlfriends take her out on the town. Jackie buys some speed at a nightclub as a going away present. Their depressed alcoholic friend Jane goes off with the members of a glam punk band, while unemployed Ellen hooks up with Greg, an eccentric man on rollerskates. Drug squad detectives search Karli and Jackie as they leave the club; Karli realises that the $3,000 her father gave her for New York is missing from her bag. She suspects her cynical friend Michael, an aspiring bohemian, but he denies it.

'Michael steals the takings at a benefit dance for the Aboriginal land rights campaign, and offers her half the money. One of the Aboriginal organisers catches him in Kings Cross and beats him badly. Jackie has an interview for a job in a brothel, but realises she can't face the work. Ellen and Greg get stoned and head for the beach in a stolen car. Jane accuses Karli of deserting her friends. As dawn breaks, Karli realises that she must go or get stuck in a haze of drugs and booze, like her friends. From separate directions, in varying states of consciousness, the four friends converge on the airport to say goodbye.'

(Source: Australian Screen website)

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Notes for a Critique of Going Down John Flaus , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , no. 51 2009;
Notes for a Critique of Going Down John Flaus , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , no. 51 2009;
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