Shifty 2008

Shifty

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Chris comes home and finds his friend dealing drugs.

Cast & Crew

Jay Simpson
Trevor
Eran Creevy
Screenwriter
Soledad Gatti-Pascual
Executive Producer
Ben Pugh
Producer
Harry Escott
Original Music
Molly Nyman
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Ed Wild
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Kim Gaster
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Sasha Robertson
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Critic Reviews for Shifty

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  • Good central performances in this highly, entertaining character-driven debut.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • The production values are lo-fi but spirited performances, matey humour and an edgy authenticity carry the story.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • First-time director Eran Creevy kicks things up a notch with this shrewd and engaging drama, achieved on the smallest of budgets.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Written and directed by first-timer Eran Creevy, this quiet piece is mostly convincing in its mundane details, and doesn't feel the need to ramp up its plot too precipitately into guns and threats and spiralling vendetta.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Shifty boasts convincing performances, even-handed characterisation, creeping suspense and energy to burn.

    April 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Shifty

  • Oct 03, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    Firstly, the film looks fantastic for the budget it was made on. But innovative and quality film production does not make a great film in itself. Shifty has some fascinating aspects but it in the end is another average London drug street film. However Riz Ahmed's performance is top; he is charismatic and likeable even though his character is a bit of a selfish so and so. This performance and its macro budget ingenuity just edges it past being bog standard average
    Hassan V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2010
    A day in the life of a Muslim drug dealer in an unnamed London suburb, as Shifty bickers with his mate and brother, crosses swords with his supplier and services his customers. Pretty lively, and there's an air of authenticity to some of the set pieces, but not great...but then again not bad either for a film made in 18 days for £100K and under 90 minutes..
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2009
    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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