If you love your girls fast, your changing room scenes frequent, your motivational talks incessant and plenty of sporting montages, then you’re definitely going to love Fast Girls. This big hunk o’ sports cheese drama is hitting our screens just in time for the London Olympics 2012, meaning that we can get our fix of competitive athletes without ever setting foot into the big city. Huzzah!
James D’Arcy owns his role as ex-soldier turned prison officer in this gritty insight into life in one of England’s most dangerous prisons. This semi-autobiographical story is based on the memoirs of Ronnie Thompson – a prison officer for seven years in some of the country’s most dangerous prisons – unearths the inherent corruption and violence that is common place in this environment.
The weight of public expectation can be a heavy burden – it can cripple even the strongest men. In 2006, Noel Clarke wrote and starred in Kidulthood. His gritty portrait of disenfranchised youth culture raised eyebrows and two years later, he wrote, directed and starred in the sequel, Adulthood. The continuation of his emotionally damaged characters was a wake up call to the UK box office, taking an impressive £1.2 million in its opening weekend. Cinemas hurriedly arranged additional screenings and Clarke accepted his newly-minted reputation as the bright young thing of home-grown cinema. There were obvious concerns that he was a one-trick pony. Thankfully not.
Back to the gritty, urban milieu of earlier films such as Get Carter, Michael Caine delivers an uncompromising and sympathetic performance in Harry Brown, a dark and violent revenge thriller. But where the performances stand out, some of the politics in the film fare less well. Read on to find out what we thought of Michael Caine blowing off more than just doors.
Films set in UK inner cities, addressing teenage gang violence, have grown in number over the past 5 years. The surge of these films surrounding youths involved in drugs, guns, knives and everything in between is rising. The actual purpose of films like these remains unclear, are they there to shock us? Are they made to try and deter young people from choosing certain paths in life? Or are they there to simply emulate society and highlight what’s going on?