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Shank (2009)

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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Simon Pearce, Christian Martin (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Virgo Wayne Virgo ... Cal
Marc Laurent Marc Laurent ... Olivier
Tom Bott ... Jonno
Alice Payne Alice Payne ... Nessa
Garry Summers ... Scott
Bernie Hodges ... Will
Louise Fearnside Louise Fearnside ... Dayna (as Louise Anne Fearnside)
Oliver Park ... Gang Member 1
Earl Virgo Earl Virgo ... Gang Member 2
Felicia Pearce Felicia Pearce ... Class Mate
Christian Martin Christian Martin ... David / Radio Presenter
Ian Rayer-Smith Ian Rayer-Smith ... Muscle Man
Karen Partridge Karen Partridge ... Radio Presenter
Romy Taylor Romy Taylor ... Extra and Background (as Remy Taylor)
James Collins James Collins ... Extra and Background
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and violence including a brutal rape, pervasive drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

£20,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£278,906 (United Kingdom), 26 March 2010, Limited Release
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Olivier: Well, I guess the difference between you and a "pussy" like me is that I don't patrol the streets with a gang of idiots attacking innocent people.
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Exciting and challenging indie Brit flick...
10 December 2009 | by chris_broughtonSee all my reviews

This film is awesome! Encompassing the fairly major subjects of homosexuality, Chav gangs in 21st century Britain, self love and finding one's place in the world, 'Shank' really packs a hard punch, just about pulling these hefty themes together, all in all a real credit to the sharp script, snappy editing / direction and raw but engaging performances from the exceptionally young Bristol based cast.

I found it great to see low budget British film-making still in existence with such energy, passion and verve, which is sadly so lacking in the majority of big budget releases, certainly when it comes to the tricky issue of sexuality, (usually it's the tired old coming of age/ coming out to the parents type of thing, or in the bigger budget releases, Julia Robert's best friend is a good as it gets.) This film takes the sexuality/ coming out / rites of passage story and actually tries to say something about the less than perfect society in which we all live, both good and bad, evident in the the highly charged scenes of sexual violence contrasted with the incredibly tender love scenes. It's the sort of the duality of humanity.

Sure, some of the performances and plot shifts are a little creaky, but it's the film's constant ability to shock, involve and surprise that ultimately win through. It's one of those rare films that stays with you for a long time after, not a bad thing in my book. There's some great DVD extras as well, including an informative making off and a pretty funny gag reel.

super stuff!!


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