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Shank (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  11 September 2009 (UK)
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A closeted teenage street punk takes up with the latest roughed-up gay victim of his bullying gang, which does not set well with the gang's drugged-up, brotherly leader.

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Cal
Marc Laurent ...
Olivier
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Jonno
Alice Payne ...
Nessa
Garry Summers ...
Scott
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Will
Louise Fearnside ...
Dayna (as Louise Anne Fearnside)
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Felicia Pearce ...
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Christian Martin ...
David / Radio Presenter
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Muscle Man
Karen Partridge ...
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Romy Taylor ...
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James Collins ...
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Teenage gang member Cal hides his sexuality from his fellow happy slapping gang members' often futile and violent dislike of anyone who isn't the same as them, be they unsuspecting shoppers, foreign students, gays, etc. Hooking up with a random stranger (Scott), Cal is unaware that this chance meeting will eventually provide him with choices and routes of escape from the tedium of his unambitious and depraved life. When his world collides with Olivier, a French student he rescues from a pointless beating, he encounters a lifestyle that presents as many new experiences as it does obstacles. Written by christian martin

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Worlds collide between three strangers divided by economics, social status, gender, race and sexuality

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Rated R for strong sexual content and violence including a brutal rape, pervasive drug use and language | See all certifications »

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£20,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£278,906 (UK) (26 March 2010)

Gross:

£469,213 (UK) (2 April 2010)
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Nessa: Besides, we know he's a dirty, little shit-stuffer now, anyway, don't we? That's reason enough to hate the bastard.
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"Shank" is gritty and unapologetic...
31 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmed in Bristol, England, UK on a non-existent budget of 20,000 euros (28,000 USD) with a cast made up almost entirely of first-timers to feature film, "Shank" is one of my all time favorites.

"Shank" is the story of teenaged "scallie" gang banger, Cal (Wayne Virgo), who is realizing his true desire for other men. In particular, his best friend and fellow gang member Jonno (Tom Bott) with whom he shares several very intimately awkward moments. His gang is known for filming the beatings that they frequently dish out to innocent bystanders. However, when the gang jumps an attractive young gay man, Olivier (Marc Laurant), Cal reaches his breaking point stopping the beating.

Having left his gang stranded to go and help the bloodied young man, Cal is now the target of their rage. Can these two young men from opposing worlds and different understandings of oneself survive all that is thrown their way? Directed by 21 year old Simon Pearce, "Shank" is a gritty and unapologetic look at a coming-out story that has never been seen before. Wayne Virgo is an extremely talented newcomer, who also happens to be a gorgeous young man with great attributes which are seen throughout out the movie.

"Shank" is violent and unsettling at times, sensual and compassionate at others, and has a well-balanced use of intimacy and nudity. All of which is necessary to truly tell this story of self-discovery and love. Most importantly it pulls you into the story from the moment it starts and holds you til the very end. Making you care for and feel for the characters, "Shank" is a perfect blend of every element that a good movie is made of.

With it's gripping script (written by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin), beyond-their-years-in-talent acting, and superb direction and cinematography, "Shank" is a low-budget film that can stand against any Hollywood powerhouse...

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