Wild Bill

  • 15
  • Dexter Fletcher (2011)
  • UK
  • 94 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Family drama meets crime thriller on the streets of East London in the bleakly entertaining directorial debut by actor Dexter Fletcher. Just released from an eight-year prison stretch, Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) discovers his two sons fending for themselves in the family's Newham council flat. The feckless father's first instinct is to scarper, but the older boy Dean (Will Poulter) blackmails him into staying long enough to stop social services from taking the brothers into care. Vulnerable little brother Jimmy (Sammy Williams) really needs a dad around, but parental responsibility presents under-skilled Bill with quite a challenge, since his former criminal associates are pressuring him to return to old ways. Held together by engaging performances from stalwart Creed-Miles and his junior co-stars, this uneven offering works well when it sticks to its filial bonding story, but falters when it brings on singularly unconvincing neighbourhood drug dealers in an attempt to increase tension. In a cast somewhat over-stuffed with familiar faces, Andy Serkis is the worst offender as a hammy crime lord, but there's plenty of heart elsewhere in the movie to keep us rooting for Bill and his boys.

Plot Summary

Drama directed by Dexter Fletcher and starring Charlie Creed-Miles. Following eight years in prison Bill Hayward returns home to find his wife has gone, leaving their two adolescent sons to fend for themselves. Although initially not wanting anything to do with the boys, he gradually becomes to warm to them. But when old faces from the past return, Bill must decide where his loyalties lie.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bill
Charlie Creed-Miles
Dean
Will Poulter
Roxy
Liz White
Jimmy
Sammy Williams
Terry
Leo Gregory
Dicky
Neil Maskell
Pill
Iwan Rheon
Glen
Andy Serkis
Steph
Charlotte Spencer
Helen
Jaime Winstone
Kelly
Olivia Williams

Crew

Director
Dexter Fletcher

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
The Works
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Mar 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama