Justin Kerrigan, the director of the cult classic film Human Traffic, has confirmed that he is “ready to go” on the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
In 1999, Kerrigan, then a 25-year-old student, looked to provide a remedy to change the landscape of British cinema and Human Traffic arrived as an ode to the optimism of youthful exuberance. Kerrigan’s impression of the adolescent transition was a sentiment shared by many. A struggle to mentally develop from the fleeting joys of youth to the mounting responsibilities of adulthood.
Human Traffic, starring Danny Dyer, follows a group of young ravers in Cardiff as they prepare for, experience and wind down from a defiant night out clubbing. It’s a snapshot of youth culture at the precise point at which youth would want to be judged, the weekend. As any other time of the week, they are playing characters, robots of their day jobs, acting like “C-3PO, to any twat that wants to descend to us” as John Simm’s ‘Jip’ passionately preaches.
The film managed to capture the hearts of the generation it was aimed at, instantly earning a cult following across a somewhat disillusioned UK youth. For years now the speculation of a follow-up project has been mooted but, more often than not, the gossip simply fizzled out. Now though, during an extensive new interview with MixMag, Kerrigan has confirmed concrete plans. With original cast members Dyer, Shaun Parkes and Nicola Reynolds all confirmed, a script for the Human Traffic sequel has been completed.
Kerrigan said: “It’s time to make the film. We’ve got everything scripted and ready to go. I’ve got no shortage of actors, producers, art directors, musicians and special effects people that want to work on the film.
“The script that I’ve written I’d love to direct. I think it’s more relevant today than ever. The central themes are fear versus love, money versus love and control versus love. And it’s really all about the people coming together. And that’s why it was relevant for Brex-shit and that’s why it’s relevant now [during the pandemic].”
He added: “It’s just as fun and mad as the first film, but it’s set in our times. And, you know, the rave generation are mostly parents now but it’s really about recapturing the spirit of the times which brought [the characters] all together and the second film is really about how they try and come together in a completely new time.”