• 15
  • Rufus Norris (2012)
  • UK
  • 87 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This modest but often very moving British film marks the feature debut of theatre director Rufus Norris. Newcomer Eloise Laurence stars as Skunk, an 11-year-old girl living in a suburban cul-de-sac with her single father (Tim Roth), older brother (Bill Milner) and their au pair (Zana Marjanovic). Skunk's life is normal and, except for her diabetes, uncomplicated, until her upstart teenage neighbours the Oswalds declare war on a young, emotionally damaged man (Robert Emms) who lives opposite. A vicious lie gets out of hand, kick-starting a chain of events that results in violence and murder. It's based on a novel that itself was inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird, but though it has the elements of lurid melodrama, it is the quiet moments that define Norris's atmospheric and elegant film, making for an unusual coming-of-age story set against the disconnect of today's "broken" Britain. Laurence in particular is dynamic as Norris's young muse, a guileless screen presence who effortlessly charms us back to childhood.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Eloise Laurence. Eleven-year-old Skunk lives with her father, brother and their housekeeper in a suburban north London cul-de-sac. But when Skunk witnesses a violent attack on her neighbour who suffers from emotional difficulties, it sets off a chain of events that will have consequences for many of the people living there.

Cast and crew


Tim Roth
Mike Kiernan
Cillian Murphy
Bob Oswald
Rory Kinnear
Eloise Laurence
Rick Buckley
Robert Emms
Zana Marjanovic
Bill Milner
Mr Buckley
Denis Lawson
Older Skunk
Lily James


Rufus Norris

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Studio Canal
Violence, swearing, sexual references, a sex scene, nudity, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 8 Mar 2013
Certificate 15