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Somers Town (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 July 2009 (USA)
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A black-and-white study of a social environment in London, concentrating on a pair of unlikely new friends and the girl they both fancy.

Director:

Shane Meadows

Writers:

Paul Fraser (original screenplay), Mother Vision (original idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piotr Jagiello ... Marek
Ireneusz Czop ... Mariusz
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Graham
Thomas Turgoose ... Tomo
Kate Dickie ... Jane
Wojciech Olczak Wojciech Olczak ... Polish Friend
Wojtek Macierznski Wojtek Macierznski ... Polish Friend
Ben Porter Ben Porter ... Office Worker
Jamie Belman Jamie Belman ... Office Worker
Steven Hillman ... Construction Worker (as Steve Hillman)
Mark Monero ... Construction Worker
Ryan Ford Ryan Ford ... Local Kid
Levi Hayes Levi Hayes ... Local Kid
Risade Campbell Risade Campbell ... Local Kid (as Risadé Campbell)
Huggy Leaver Huggy Leaver ... Café Owner
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Polish | French

Release Date:

15 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сомерстаун See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£121,345 (United Kingdom), 22 August 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,452, 19 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,971, 30 October 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Maria is speaking to the French man in the café where she works, the man is in fact talking about his digestion problems. See more »

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Barefootin' Time in China Town
Written by Randall Stewart
Performed by Lester Young
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Delightful
3 September 2008 | by Andrew MarshallSee all my reviews

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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