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  (in credits order)
Charlie Booty ... Baby Skunk

Lily James ... Older Skunk

Tim Roth ... Archie

Eloise Laurence ... Skunk
Lukas Fernandes-Pendse ... Harry Barlow
Michael Fernandes-Pendse ... Henry Barlow

Robert Emms ... Rick Buckley

Rory Kinnear ... Bob Oswald
Faye Daveney ... Saskia
Martha Bryant ... Sunrise
Clare Burt ... Mrs. Buckley

Denis Lawson ... Mr. Buckley

Paul Thornley ... Policeman 1
David Webber ... Policeman 2

Bill Milner ... Jed
Rosalie Kosky ... Susan Oswald (as Rosalie Kosky-Hensman)

Seeta Indrani ... Dr. Mortimer
Andrew Frame ... DC Carson

Zana Marjanovic ... Kasia

Cillian Murphy ... Mike Kiernan
George Sargeant ... Dillon
Nick Holder ... Dave Toad
Severn Bran ... Fiona Torby
Sally Seery ... Gym Teacher
Salo Gardner ... Old Man

Nell Tiger Free ... Anna
Andrew Maud ... Mr. McClusky
Rory Girvan ... Wayne
Joshua Warner-Campbell ... Kevin

Lino Facioli ... Stephen
Aaron Chalwa ... Vikram
Penny Layden ... DC Jenks
Nicola Sloane ... Dr. Sinclair

Michael Shaeffer ... Desk Sergeant
Lilly Pebbles James ... Skunk's Baby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alicia Woodhouse ... Dancer
Pascoe Willis ... Police Constable (uncredited)

Directed by
Rufus Norris 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Clay  based on a novel by
Mark O'Rowe  screenplay

Produced by
Wendy Bevan-Mogg .... line producer
Tally Garner .... producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer: LipSynch Productions
Bill Kenwright .... producer
Dixie Linder .... producer
Nick Marston .... producer
Norman Merry .... executive producer
Joe Oppenheimer .... executive producer
Peter Raven .... executive producer: LipSynch productions
Original Music by
Electric Wave Bureau 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Victoria Boydell 
Casting by
Maggie Lunn 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
Art Direction by
Dan Taylor 
Set Decoration by
Stella Fox 
Costume Design by
Jane Petrie 
Makeup Department
Fae Hammond .... hair designer
Fae Hammond .... makeup designer
Nicky Lissner .... makeup assistant
Naomi Nye .... makeup assistant
Rachael Speke .... makeup artist
Nicola Springall .... makeup assistant
Rachael Speke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gisela Evert .... post-production supervisor
Fiona Morham .... head of production: BFI Film Fund
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bennett .... second assistant director
Matthew Hanson .... first assistant director
Darren Price .... third assistant director
Toby Spanton .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Adams .... painter
Chris Allen .... stand-by props
Yasmin Alvarez .... art department runner
Rachel Aulton .... stand-by art director
Ian Bee .... carpenter
Annie Bishop .... petty cash buyer
Paul Bowring .... construction manager
Paul Carter .... property master
Bruce Collier .... dressing prop daily
James Collier .... dressing prop daily
Joe Cox .... art department trainee
Helen Dawson .... art department trainee
Tone Gibbs .... dressing prop daily
Kristine Maj De Neergaard .... scenic artist
Alex McDonald .... painter
Paul Mitchell .... dressing prop daily
Katie Money .... art department assistant
Danny Montague .... painter
Turner Moyes .... dressing prop daily
Daniel Nussbaumer .... draughtsperson
Matthew Parsons .... painter
Gary Robinson .... dressing prop daily
Andy Skipsey .... dressing prop daily
Geoff Stainthorp .... carpenter
Kate Stainthorp .... painter
Paul Turner .... dressing prop daily
Mathieu Weekes .... carpenter
Leo Westcott .... art department trainee
Peter Wood .... dressing props
Henry Woolway .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Tim Atkins .... adr mixer
Linden Brownbill .... sound film engineer
Paul Cotterell .... dialogue editor
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Alistair Crocker .... production sound mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
James Harbour .... sound maintenance
Rob Hughes .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Loveridge .... sound trainee
Peter Mendonca .... dolby engineer
Alastair Sirkett .... sound effects editor
Simon Trundle .... foley editor
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
Rick White .... vt sound: supervisor
Ian Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Naomi Butler .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
Earle Stuart Callender .... visual effects producer: kinkajou
Stephen Coren .... visual effects supervisor: kinkajou
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: Lipsync Post
James Elster .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
Sean Farrow .... executive visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
Ivan Lima .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
David Lloyd .... senior systems engineer: Lipsync Post
Daniel Spain .... systems engineer: Lipsync Post (as Dan Spain)
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects producer: Lipsync Post
Sheila Wickens .... visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
Martin C. Furman .... compositor: Jellyfish (uncredited)
Rachelle Biernat .... stunt performer
Talila Craig .... stunt performer (as Talia Craig)
Nick Hobbs .... stunt performer
David Newton .... stunt performer
James O'Donnell .... stunt coordinator (as Jimmy O'Dee)
David Newton .... stunt double: Cillian Murphy (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Armstrong .... key grip
Damien Cooper .... generator operator
Raffaele Giordano .... electrician (as Raffa Giordano)
John Harris .... best boy
Paul Keating .... playback operator
Seán McDermott .... camera trainee (as Sean McDermott)
Carolina Schmidtholstein .... gaffer
Michael Wacker .... grip assistant
Nick Wall .... stills photographer
Leo Warner .... macro test shots by
Dan West .... clapper loader
Fran Weston .... focus puller
Vince McGahon .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Miren Patel .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Andy D. Stewart .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Camilla Evans .... casting assistant
Vicki Thomson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Genevieve Cox .... costume standby
Beth Gillman .... costume supervisor (as Beth Gilman)
Lauren Kilcar .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Miles Anderson .... colorist: dailies
Katie Bullock-Webster .... post-production coordinator
Alberto Buron .... digital restoration technician
Lee Clappison .... additional colourist
James Clarke .... head of film: LipSync Post
Paul Dray .... lab consultant: LipSync Post
Stuart Fyvie .... colourist
Scott Goulding .... assistant colourist
Sarah Hughes .... negative checker
Caroline Martin-Tumasz .... post production intern
Aileen McIntosh .... post producer: LIpSync Post
Abigail McKenzie .... d-lab operator
Gabrielle Smith .... assistant editor
Daniel Tomlinson .... scanning and recording manager
Diana Vasquez .... on-line editor
Thomas Waddington .... d-lab operator
Rab Wilson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tony Allen .... musician: drums
Tee Bowry .... contractor: strings
The Demon Strings .... musicians: strings
Isabelle Dunn .... musician: cello
Nina Foster .... musician: violing
John Foyle .... studio assistant: Studio 13
Charly Hutchings .... music manager: Electric Wave Bureau
Stella Page .... musician: viola
Antonio Pagulatos .... musician: violin
Alice Pratley .... musician: violin
Kotono Sato .... musician: violin
Stephen Sedgwick .... music mixer: Studio 13
Stephen Sedgwick .... music recordist: Studio 13
Simon Tong .... musician: additional guitars
Transportation Department
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Barry Majithia .... driver: minibus
Tom O'Shea .... unit driver
Andy Read .... unit driver
Micky Watts .... driver: minibus (as Mick Watts)
Other crew
Hussain Ahmed .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Bentley .... title design coordinator: Lipsync Design
Zoe Brown .... head of business affairs: BBC Films
Paul Burgess .... chef: Red Chutney
Jeremy Campbell .... production coordinator
Hazel Capel .... chaperone
Shoky Carter .... floor runner
Sarah Caughey .... senior business affairs executive: BFI Film Fund
Daniel Cerqueira .... chaperone
Nicky Clarke .... chaperone
Melanie Cranmer .... chaperone
San Davey .... script supervisor
Jackey Dawnay .... tutor
Paul Ettlinger .... cast medicals (as Dr Paul Ettlinger)
Lizzie Francke .... senior production and development executive: BFI Film Fund
Jeremy Gawade .... production legal services: Lee & Thompson
John Gaynor .... cast medicals (as Dr John Gayner)
Naomi George .... production associate film/tv: Bill Kenwright Films
Anwen Griffiths .... production legal services: Lee & Thompson
Julia Hall .... senior title designer: Lipsync Design
Sara Hall .... tutor
Gavin Hewson .... unit medic
Mick Hurrell .... health and safety officer
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Bill Kenwright .... managing director: Bill Kenwright Films
Hannah Lamb .... assistant location manager
Hazel Laughton .... chaperone
Caroline Lawrence .... assistant: to Tim Roth
Kate Lee .... unit publicist: Freud Communications
Helene Lenszner .... location manager
Suzy Lucas .... literary consultant: BFI Film Fund
Holly Magrath .... chaperone
Ben Maloney .... security head
John Maloney .... security head
Lottie Mason .... location assistant
Christos Michaels .... legal services: LipSync Productions
Laura Moloney .... base runner
Georgina Monro .... production runner
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Jade Parker .... chaperone
Beth Pattinson .... development editor: BBC Films
Charlie Pinsent .... assistant production accountant
Freya Pinsent .... production accountant
Steve Potts .... commercial director: Bill Kenwright Films
Jenny Pritchard .... chef: Red Chutney
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: BFI Film Fund
Bradley Quirk .... story editor: BFI Film Fund
Debra Reis .... chaperone
Mike Ross .... chef: Red Chutney
Danielle Sambrook .... chaperone
Livy Sandler .... legal and business affairs: manager: BBC Films
Tanya Seghatchian .... head of fund: BFI Film Fund
Alan Sharp .... finance director: Bill Kenwright Films
Robbie Sloan .... electronic press kit
Antony Swiatek .... legal services: LipSync: Lee & Thompson
Natalie Usher .... production legal services: Lee & Thompson
Howard Watkins .... head of title design: Lipsync Design
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit (uncredited)
Siggy Stone .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Will Adnams .... special thanks
Sophia Anderson-Gylden .... special thanks
Angus Belgard .... special thanks
Craig Dickson .... special thanks
Dennis Firman .... special thanks
Mark Greaves .... special thanks
Debra Hayward .... special thanks
Tom Hyde .... special thanks
Christine Langan .... special thanks
Saoirse Linder .... special thanks
Roz Marston .... special thanks
Hector Norris .... special thanks
Jaz Norris .... special thanks
Louis Norris .... special thanks
Kevin O'Shea .... special thanks
Graham Pryor .... special thanks
Colin Riccardo .... special thanks
Helen Seery .... special thanks
Tom Seery .... special thanks
Charles Tashima .... special thanks
Lyla Tashima .... special thanks
Marly Tashima .... special thanks
Joe Taylor .... special thanks
Ruth Taylor .... special thanks
Hugh Whittaker .... special thanks

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68 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes 'broken' may be repaired. But not always., 12 March 2013
Author: TheSquiss

To borrow a line from my review of last year's heartbreaking film, The Hunt (Jagten), sometimes children lie. Sometimes they are simple, instinctive lies; sometimes they are calculated as an easy escape from a truth that may have dark consequences and sometimes lives are broken as a result.

When 11-year old Skunk (Eloise Laurence in her film debut) witnesses a swift but brutal attack in the quiet avenue where she lives, a series of violent events, both physical and emotional, ensues that has a devastating impact on three families.

The three families, each dysfunctional in their own ways, would not ordinarily have anything in common and would not be drawn to one another, but we see them confined in a small cul-de-sac like trapped, wild animals thrown into the same cage and each missing some of the essentials for an equanimous life. In a strange way, this could be a suburban take on Life of Pi with a young girl trying to make sense of a mad world. The tragedy is circumstance, but that's no excuse for the way some of the neighbours enact their lives, escalating lies and compounding mistakes.

But though all sounds bleak, Broken is occasionally beautiful, frequently touching and often funny and, again, it is all these things because it is so real. Watching Skunk and her brother, Jed (Bill Milner, Will from Son of Rambow), wrestling, clipping clothes pegs to each other and hanging out in their camp, brings back memories of childhood when the world seemed against us but there was always an escape to a bright, fantasy existence.

The humour comes not from cheesy asides or self-conscious jokes but from delightfully extraneous happenings on the periphery: the crashing descent of a car in a breakers yard, a boy dancing alone in a car park and a pair of twins with poo in a slingshot… That director Rufus Norris (another debut) has paid such care to the incidentals makes Broken a more complete film.

His choice of music is fantastically inelegant. Forget the whimsy of Rachel Portman (Chocolat) or the rousing scores of John Williams (do you really need me to tell you?), what carries Broken is close to the demo tune on a 1980s Cassio keyboard with Rolf Harris twanging along on a Jew's harp. And if that isn't sufficient to lighten the mood, as characters on the screen struggle to make sense of the dark craziness of life, along pops a song to celebrate the bizarre madness of it and we are permitted to laugh as the singer intones 'One day when I'm really old, and my hair falls out, I'll stick it back with the spoon of the marmalade that you made…' It's rare that I mention the editing but Victoria Boydell has sensitively cut a story to match the patterns of our minds. Occasionally we jump forwards by minutes as if reading an exciting novel, our eyes sprinting ahead until our brain slows us down, then seamlessly we step back to see in everything fully and in order.

Norris has cast Broken faultlessly. The star name upon which it's sold is Tim Roth as Archie, Skunk's dad, a single parent who is the calm, reasonable father in the middle of a minor battlefield. It's unfathomable, watching him here, that he isn't a bigger star. Archie is clearly a man with great pressure in an unenviable situation but he doesn't simply make the best of it, he endeavours to make it the best it can be. It is a wonderful, understated performance that I suspect few will see.

Laurence is a revelation and the emotional fullness with which she inhabits Skunk allows us to root for her and silently admonish her, because she could easily be the girl next door.

There isn't a poor performance in Broken, only characters you care for and those from whom you'd run a mile. Rory Kinnear (son of Roy) as Bob, gives us a man who is, on the face of it, the neighbor from hell with a trio of daughters to match but he's no two-dimensional villain, rather a damaged man with his own daemons he is unable to cope with. In contrast, Kasia (Zana Marjanovich), the friend who lives with Archie as a cross between friend, auntie and surrogate mother, brings a gentle, caring irreverence in the midst of the turmoil but she, too, has her 'edge.' Robert Emms, so often an invisible supporting actor, is breath-drawingly good as the mentally ill, victimized Rick who struggles to cope with the various warzones into which he is cast. He is the hate-figure of Bob and his daughters, the cause of weariness and frustration in his parents (superb turns from Dennis Lawson & Clare Burt) and, more than anything, the terrifying confusion in his mind. His character evolution is superb and our own feelings towards him are as confused as his own.

Once the credits had rolled, I sat in silence and reflected on how life runs away from us and we are subject to its whims. Sometimes we emerge the beneficiaries, sometimes the victims. Perhaps this is simple karma; perhaps it is fatalism. Or maybe everything is random or even the result of misunderstandings and the inability of mere humans to communicate their feelings openly, simply and honestly.

Broken asks the questions but leaves us to draw our own conclusions.

Sometimes 'broken' may be repaired. But not always.

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