Chicken (2016)

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RICHARD (Scott Chambers) 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, POLLY (Morgan Watkins) needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, and the electricity supply to their caravan is cut, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Then a chance meeting with the new landowner's daughter, 17 year old ANNABEL (Yasmin Paige), leaves RICHARD besotted; whilst POLLY befriends the guys who run a seedy traveling fair. Richards optimistic view on life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as Polly's abusive behavior worsens, family secrets are revealed, and he is torn between loyalty to his brother and his first true friend in ANNABEL. For better or worse, Richards life is about to change forever.

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Critic Reviews for Chicken

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

A remarkably solid and sincere look at lives marginalized several times over, collected around an achingly honest breakout turn.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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A confident debut with a gorgeous central performance.

May 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Chicken is an admirable first offering that gradually sucks you in the more patience you invest. It betters itself as it progresses and showcases a trio of notable performances.

Aug 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Joe Stephenson's adap of Freddie Machin's play offers a brief respite from miserabilism in the appealing friendship that develops between Richard and new arrival Annabell (Yasmin Paige).

Jan 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bolter's widescreen cinematography captures the warmth, loneliness and harsh reality of this disenfranchised world with unobtrusive aplomb.

May 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A grand mixture of dark and light, that's not afraid to discuss tough topics in a refreshing way.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chicken

Superbly acted small-scale realist drama, that reminded me both of Kes and The Mudge Boy.

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