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A troubled teenager on a rough south London estate comes to a crossroads in his life in writer/director Sam Holland's stylish first feature. Lee Turnbull plays Justin, a teen tearaway with a wretched home life (brutal, unloving father; sick, bed-ridden sister; estranged mother) and a group of feckless friends, led by gobby and volatile Tommy (Greg Wakeham). However, Justin is tired of gang fights, drug dealing and police confrontations and yearns for something better than a life of endless ducking and diving. With echoes of
(also shot in crisp monochrome) and Scorsese's
(Wakeham's unpredictable Tommy is a dead ringer for De Niro's Johnny Boy) though not in their class, Holland's debut still has a lot going for it (convincing performances, magnificent sound design, distinctive music). It's a disturbing reflection of life on a high-rise battleground, but Turnbull's anguished and moving portrayal of a youth desperate to escape a road to nowhere, gives the film real heart.
Four friends on a south London council estate drift into lives of petty crime and drug use. The leader of the group has obtained a gun, and tries to pull the others into more dangerous territory, but one of them hopes to escape his surroundings, driving a wedge between them. Drama, starring Lee Turnbull and Greg Wakeham.
Cast & Crew
Black and white
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse.
28 Jan 2011
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