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Starred Up review: 'Shame, depression and fear are all pungently present' | Peter Bradshaw

21 March 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Former prison psychotherapist Jonathan Asser's debut screenplay takes an uncompromising look at the violence that underpins life behind bars in this brutal, macho drama

The title of this brutal, violent and very macho prison movie from director David Mackenzie means "transferred prematurely from juvenile detention to adult jail". The film's press pack came with a glossary explaining to reviewers some of the other code-words: "kanga" meaning officer; "tech" meaning mobile phone; "kick off back door" meaning anal sex, and "straightener", meaning pre-planned fight. For me, this last word has a certain kind of sad irony and prose-poetry. It is the debut screenplay from Jonathan Asser, a psychotherapist who has experience treating long-term prisoners with anger-management issues. That phrase itself is perhaps a kind of official code, which looks increasingly euphemistic as the film progresses.

Jack O'Connell is Eric, a 19-year-old who has been starred up, upgraded to adult prison »

- Peter Bradshaw

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