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Shifty

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Shifty

Eran Creevy (2008)

85min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Shifty is a welcome antidote to a long line of British urban dramas that veer dangerously close to celebrating the youth culture of drugs and violence they portray. In the title role, Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Ill Manors) isn't just a drug-dealing thug, but a bright, warm character who has strayed into a life of crime rather than choosing it. His sense of alienation relates to his friendship with Chris (Daniel Mays), a seemingly well-adjusted young man who returns to their suburban stomping ground after four years away. Initially, the reason for his absence creates a wedge between them, but what really makes the film work is the underlying strength of their bond and the renewal of that friendship. Debuting writer/director Eran Creevy resists the usual flashiness associated with the genre to keep the focus squarely on the actors, and it's that lightness of touch that makes the story so poignant.

Summary

London cocaine dealer Shifty finds his outlook transformed by the return of his best friend Chris after four years away. As the pair spend the day together, Shifty struggles to deal with a persistent addict and a rival with a score to settle, while at the same time confronting the bleak future he finds himself facing. Drama, starring Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays and Jason Flemyng.

Cast & Crew

Shifty Rizwan Ahmed
Chris Daniel Mays
Glen Jason Flemyng
Rez Nitin Ganatra
Trevor Jay Simpson
Jasmine Dannielle Brent
Valerie Francesca Annis
Loretta Kate Groombridge
Malik Jason Maza
Lenny Jordan Long
Director Eran Creevy
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metrodome Guidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 Apr 2009

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