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Interesting & moving stories told to a heavy beat
bob the moo from United Kingdom
9 February 2003
A documentary film crew go into Feltham young offenders prison where the
teenagers who left are 75% likely to re-offend. The film talks to a
of inmates about life in prison and how they got there in the first place.
Oh yeah - and it's a musical!
My plot summary doesn't really do the film justice. The inmates aren't
actually interviewed they are allowed a small amount of time to just talk
camera with no questions being asked that we hear. However they are given
only a little time to talk, most of their stories are told via music with
each inmate either rapping, singing or reading poetry.
If this sounds awful it isn't. The lyrics of all the songs are of more
value that just talking as they are true stories well told and the poetry
was specially written by Simon Armitage. The tunes are all great,
especially if you're into hip hop. The hip hop tunes are all tight and
well written and all the inmates have skills. One of the songs was
as the guy couldn't sing but the lyrics are bang on and the poetry didn't
really fit the mood of the programme that well.
All the participants have tragic stories - many start drugs at 11 or 12
just move on from there. The film's main weakness is that it shows it's
colours too strongly at times - we don't see any inmates who turned to
for love of money or who are simply violent people with no reason, the
is very much about pitying them rather than punishing them because society
made them this way. However this is minor and it is balanced out a little
with some stats. The direction is faultless, whether it be directing a
performance or a talking head.
Some of the guys may be people you'd cross the street to avoid but they
all worth listening to for 60 minutes. This is a strange mix of music and
documentary that will appeal to the hip hop fans more than others, but
anyone with a chance should check this out. Moving truth with a heavy
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