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Award-winning filmmaker Simon Pearce takes the helm for this gritty coming-of-age story about a teenage gang member who keeps his homosexuality a secret from his fellow thugs. Eighteen-year-old Scally lad Cal (Wayne Virgo) is all about sex, drugs, and violence. He's a hoodlum at heart, but his sexual urges set him apart from the pack. Despite random hookups, it's fellow gangster Jonno that Cal really wants. Secretly pining for Jonno from afar, Cal gets uneasy when de facto gang leader Nessa
Jun 20, 2009 Wide
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'Shank' has a lot more to say than the average no-budget gangland exposé, resulting in a film which, for all its clichés, feels surprisingly real.
Simon Pearce's Shank successfully treads the line between sweet romance, gay soft-core porn, gang violence, and aimless exploitation.
The raw power of the story isn't always very effectively harnessed but the level of conviction is certainly impressive.
A well-meaning but not always convincing attempt to hoodie-ise the gay coming-of-age drama.
Locally produced in Bristol with an up-and-coming cast and crew, this drama is remarkably tough, constantly challenging our preconceptions. It also transcends its budget to create interesting characters and some truly harrowing situations.
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