Wild Bill

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Wild Bill

Dexter Fletcher (2011)

94min
15 Certificate
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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.

Summary

A criminal returns to his old neighbourhood after eight years in prison to find the two sons he abandoned are living alone. He is persuaded to move in with the boys to prevent them being taken into care, but attempts to mend his ways are threatened by encounters with his crooked old friends. Crime drama, starring Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter, Sammy Williams and Andy Serkis.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Dexter Fletcher
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Other Information

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

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