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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.
Premiere. An 11-year-old girl's innocent outlook on life is shattered when she sees her neighbour brutally attack a man he suspects of raping his daughter. The incident leaves her unable to trust any of the people and places she had previously considered safe, but finds solace in a friendship with the victim of the assault. Drama, starring Eloise Laurence, Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.
Cast & Crew
Violence, swearing, sexual references, a sex scene, nudity, drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
8 Mar 2013
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