Shifty (2008)


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Inspired by writer/director Eran Creevy's own teenage experiences, Shifty tells the tale of a man who returns to his old neighborhood on the outskirts of London, ostensibly to attend a party but more specifically to check up on an old friend. It's been a long time since Chris (Daniel Mays) left town, and now that he's finally returned, he's eager to check up on Shifty (Riz Ahmed), the lifelong friend he left behind. As it turns out, things aren't going to well for Shifty; not only has he taken … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Eran Creevy
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2009
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as Chris

as Shifty

as Otis' Girlfriend

as Katie Palmer

as Freddie Palmer

as Bob Moran

as Shifty's Mum
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Critic Reviews for Shifty

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (2)

Creevy's fine ear for dialogue, sensitive and productive direction of actors and confident control of tone is all the more impressive for being delivered under the short schedule and tight budgetary exigencies.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Shifty is low-key, low budget, but high grade. It's a film about sitting and talking. And drug dealing. It builds slowly - some may want more action, but it has a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012

The dialogue is a nice mix of Pinteresque menace, drug lingo, laddism and cracking one-liners.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

The film has a sense of authenticity and there's no sentimental suggestion that Shifty's way of life is the inevitable result of his background.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Observer [UK]

Moving, gripping and funny, this is a homegrown gem you can't help taking to your heart.

April 25, 2009
Heat Magazine

For a debut feature, Eran Creevy's semi-autobiographical drama shows a remarkably light touch, set in an anonymous London suburbia far removed from stereotypical East End of the wideboy film tradition.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Shifty

A well written, day in the life of, which is different to other drug films. It involves you from the start and there's a lot of guessing going on right until the end. Highly recommended to fans of British film.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Not so much a story in a traditional sense, more of a ?day in the life of? type of tale and in this case it?s through a drug dealer?s eyes. Whilst this is true in terms of storyline build up, perhaps the true meaning of the film is about relationships of all kind, family, friendships, the loyalties that come from them, right to the non-stereotypical drug users and their relationship with drugs.

Well acted, very realistic, but as a result suffers a slightly slow paced urban thriller. Regardless, it?s a worthy British Drama and well made for what appears to be a very low budget film. A particularly good performance from Riz Ahmed.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Effective calling card for a new talent in director Creevy, his personal experiences lend authenticity to the script, and a smart sense of humour stops this descending into grim geezerdom.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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