Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. The boys are both infatuated with the same girl, and pass their days bickering over which of them loves her the most. Finding himself homeless, Tomo surreptitiously moves into Marek's bedroom - but it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on...Written by
Neil Young, Sunderland
I have to confess that I love all of the films made by Shane Meadows. In some ways Somers Town is a bit of a departure for Meadows as it is nowhere near as gritty as some of his previous work. Having said that there are still a couple of scenes that will get you squirming uncomfortably.
The film is an insight into the unlikely friendship between Tomo and Merek. The two leads put in great performances considering their age and Turgoose looks a sure fire bet to be a leading actor for a long time to come. The performance of Perry Benson as Graham is also fantastic and all the characters in the film are very true to life.
The film is in black and white apart from the last couple of minutes and at 75 minutes is extremely short for a feature. At times very funny it is certainly poignant and thoroughly enjoyable. If you miss it at the cinema make sure you catch it when it's on the small screen. It certainly will not lose too much in the transition.
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