A young man is killed for trying to stop what he sees as evil and his friends seen as fun. Whilst his sister starts an unwitting relationship with the killer and his mother sinks deeper ... See full summary »
In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted to death by a shot gun whilst waiting in a Range Rover in Rettendon, Essex. The film ... See full summary »
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A young man is killed for trying to stop what he sees as evil and his friends seen as fun. Whilst his sister starts an unwitting relationship with the killer and his mother sinks deeper into grief, it is left to his younger brother, seventeen Leo to avoid easy revenge and uncover the uncomfortable truth. Written by
There is much to recommend in this film about the aftermath of the murder of a teenager in a rough London neighbourhood.
HUSH YOUR MOUTH doesn't go for an easy revenge plot, but takes a subtle multi-layered approach, focusing on the psychological upset and emotional impact such an event has on the family and community. And so the narrative moves about a bit. The focus of the story shifts back and forth from our main character - Leo the brother of the murder victim, to the police dealing with the crime, then to the main suspect Isaiah, and back to the family. This creates a sense of time passing and the builds up a deep three dimensional world. Although this structure doesn't make for a relaxed easy watch, it has the ultimate effect of big rewards for the viewer - making you feel that you've been on journey rich with interest and delivering a satisfying and moving denouement.
Casting is good. With it's urban setting, I was pleased not to see a bunch of London - street stereotypes. The acting from a largely young and up-and-coming cast felt subtle and authentic. Having worked with young people - to me these young actors appeared to be the real deal. There is a standout performance from Coshti Dowden who is very sympathetic as prime suspect.
The look of the film is unusual as well. Tyrwhitt has done wonders on a tiny budget - he apparently had a documentary sized crew - working light and fast, but this has not diminished the visuals. He has created a claustrophobic and gritty look using long lenses and a cold blue grey palette, which not only suits the urban setting well but adds to a feeling of fragmentation and desolation that the characters going through. As the story develops and this heavy feeling lifts, this is mirrored in the look of the film - the colours get warmer and the camera pulls away and opens up.
The way that music is used in the film is also very effective - haunting and melancholy, underpinning the emotion, without manipulating us. It would have been easy to stick a thumping drum and bass or grime soundtrack on it. Instead the score is lead by a lilting female vocal from singer songwriter Sukie Smith and produced by director Tom Tyrwhitt. It weaves in and out and blends well with the great sound design.
There is a lot in this film and it definitely deserves a second look.
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