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Beating Schrader’s Hardcore to the punch by a matter of months, Robin Spry’s grim and gritty gutter-level drama is driven by a not-dissimilar premise, that of a man searching the seedy urban underbelly for his drug-addicted prostitute daughter. Rather astonishing that it was made for TV – the remarkably bleak opening indicates that no punches are going to be pulled, as we first see Peter Brennan (Don Francks), before the credits have even finished rolling, nodding out in a grimy cafe toilet, the needle still sticking out of his arm. This is followed by howling hospital cold turkey, as a borderline sadistic cop plays Peter a slide show of a drug-addicted girl forced into sex work, before revealing that said girl is Peter’s own daughter. We then get to see said slide show again in harrowing close-up, while Peter wails ever louder. So, once recovered, and with regular »
- Tom Newth
Film London has awarded 21 filmmaking teams across the capital with funds to make short films through its London Calling and London Calling Plus initiatives. A record 620 applications were received this year.
The scheme invests more than $300,000 (£200,000) in London’s short filmmakers with production funding, training and a platform to showcase the films to the industry.
Last year’s slate included Riz Ahmad’s Daytimer, which premiered at Sundance; the BAFTA-nominated Three Brothers; and Loco Award-winning Two Dosas.
This year’s slate includes Chick or Treat from rising internet stars Mandem On The Wall; The Monster, which will star Richard Glover (A Field In England, Sightseers); Rainbow Party, which marks the directorial debut of BAFTA-nominated producer Eva Sigurdardottir; and Above, which was scripted by award-winning playwright Michael Bhim.
Chick or Treat is one of the projects selected by London Calling Plus, now »
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