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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
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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Gang Member 1
Earl Virgo ...
Gang Member 2
Felicia Pearce ...
Class Mate
Christian Martin ...
David / Radio Presenter
Ian Rayer-Smith ...
Muscle Man
Karen Partridge ...
Radio Presenter
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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Budget:

£20,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£278,906 (UK) (26 March 2010)

Gross:

£469,213 (UK) (2 April 2010)
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Scott: His name's Cal. He says he's nineteen. Nineteen... We exchanged numbers online. Classy, eh? He's a cute guy. Not my usual type. Christ, what the fuck was I thinking? I should have known when I got in that shit-heap car of his. He's a scally, a rough little thug. As for the drugs, I don't know what to say. I needed an escape.
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Like Lightning From A Clear Sky... Raw, Electric, Eloquent and Unashamed.
14 July 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is the most gaspingly and brutally real gay-themed film you will ever see.

Cal, the central character is completely believable and represents every gay man's dream: a straight-acting hunky punk. His best mate is something out of my wildest fantasies. To be honest, I had a hardon for most of the film.

Sure there are weaknesses in the dialogue and plot, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The gang dynamic was confusing and underdeveloped. The blond girl took up too much of the film's emotional energy. The French lover was a bit awkward, but I've dated a French guy exactly like that, so it wasn't unrealistic.

But I will remember this film- for being things that most films are not: daring, raw, unbridled, sexual, and hyperactive. I was shocked to hear that the director is only 21 and this is his first film! I hope to see a standing ovation at the Image & Nation festival in Montreal.

Just watch it already!


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