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Shank (2009)

 -  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
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Olivier
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Jonno
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Scott
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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)

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£278,906 (UK) (26 March 2010)

Gross:

£469,213 (UK) (2 April 2010)
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Student favourite
4 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I was a student (couple of years ago) this film hit the rounds with student groups as a film to watch...and it was universally admired for it's honest and compelling narrative. Plot holes and flaws aside (quite possibly due to budget constraints) in some of the coincidences it still manages to pack a punch and moves with a pace reserved for action films of considerably higher budgets.

The DVD extras included a 30 minute making of which gave unique insight into the reasoning behind the production and the genuine intent of cast and crew alike.

I'm not gay but you don't have to be to see this film. It is a youthful honest film. A good watch and definitely worth a view.

10 scored because some of the reviewers here are being just idiotically mean and vindictive - in my opinion had the writers been given the budget of say Attack the Block or the other SHANK then this would have been even better than it is....possibly some of the comments are coming from the minds of those who mistook it for the other SHANK and weren't expecting a gay hero!

It's the 21st Century people - this should have been widely distributed and supported and I say that as a Brit who appreciates British talent.


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