Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Screenwriters: Paul W.S. Anderson

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


Nineteen-year-old Billy, just out of jail, rejoins his girl and his gang (all decked out in chains made from stolen car keys, The hallmarks of their success) as the returning hero, the king of the joyriders. His girl, Jo, is tough and rebellious, equally aggressive on the road, and a true partner in crime. In fact everyone at The Plaza, their hangout, is pleased to see Billy back except for his archrival, Tommy. Billy’s absence has allowed Tommy to build his business: ram-raiding is his profession and dealin g stolen goods his chosen career. Now there is competition, and as Billy reasserts himself, the struggle for supremacy mounts in intensity. The final challenge awaits: the deciding battlefield, Retail Land, a huge inpregnable fortress of a shopping mall. And with fleets of police cars in wait, Billy and Jo take the wheel of their stolen red BMW and ride in.

This is highly stylized, tough and interesting filmmaking with a kinetic feel and a dark, scintillating look. With a superb sound track and score,Shopping is as energized and potent a portrait of violence and nihilism as we’ve come across.

— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

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