|Producer:||Jennifer Eriksson, Jessie Mangum|
|Screenwriter:||Kefi Chadwick, Rene van Pannevis|
|Cast:||Charley Palmer Rothwell, Thomas Turgoose, Tom Fisher, Morgane Polanski, Anders Hayward|
|Production:||BBC Films, Riverhouse, BFI Film Fund|
Rob spends his days stealing cars with his gang in a town on the English coast. It’s a life living outside the law, one of thrilling abandon and excess. But when he returns to his home every night, Rob’s life changes. Faced with a terminally ill father, Rob’s hedonistic activities are pushed aside for a façade of respectability. Becoming increasingly tested by web of lies he’s creating, Rob’s two worlds soon threaten to collide as the looming threat of him taking part in a clandestine raid at the local docks – a place with special significance for his father – becomes ever more apparent.
The debut feature of Rene Pannevis has many of the elements of a gritty, social realist crime drama. But Pannevis plays with many of the traditional conventions of the genre. The bleak council estates may still be there but they’re daubed in hazy sunshine amongst the faded glory of a British seaside town. Any bleakness is tempered by glimmers of hope, the energy of youth and the promise of something better for all concerned.
While the film works admirably as a crime thriller, with Pannevis proving adept at racking up tension, this is also a tender study of its characters and a considered exploration of moral ambiguity.
Charley Palmer Rothwell shines in the lead as Rob, with a performance rooted in vulnerability and he’s ably matched by a superb performance by vastly underrated UK actor Tom Fisher as Rob’s father. They’re joined by an equally mesmerising cast, amongst them Thomas Turgoose, most noted for his work with Shane Meadows including the lead role in This Is England.