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Down Terrace (2009)

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A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business.

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Ben Wheatley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Hill ... Karl
Robert Hill ... Bill
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Maggie
David Schaal ... Eric
Kerry Peacock Kerry Peacock ... Valda
Tony Way ... Garvey
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... Berman
Michael Smiley ... Pringle
Gareth Tunley ... Jon
Kali Peacock Kali Peacock ... Helen Garvey
Kitty Blue Kitty Blue ... Child
Luke Hartney Luke Hartney ... Spitz
Simon Smith Simon Smith ... Musician
Paul George Paul George ... Musician
Simon Walker Simon Walker ... Musician
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Storyline

After serving jail time for a mysterious crime, Bill and Karl get out of jail and become preoccupied with figuring out who turned them in to the police. On top of that, the "family business" is on the rocks, and the motley crew of criminals who operate out of Down Terrace aren't feeling terribly trusting of one another. It might look like an ordinary house, but at Down Terrace, the walls are closing in... Written by Newport Beach Film Festival

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You're only as good as the people you know. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Убийство - дело семейное See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,088, 17 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,609, 31 October 2010
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Trivia

Actress Julia Deakin (Maggie) and actor Michael Smiley (Pringle) both had roles in Spaced (1999), which was helmed by Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright would later go on to executive produce director Ben Wheatley's third feature film Sightseers (2012). See more »

Quotes

Karl: [to his pregnant girlfriend] Hey you've put on a bit of weight!
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References Rob Loves Kerry (2006) See more »

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Babes in the Wood
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Performed by Simon Smith, Paul George, Simon Walker, Robert Hill
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Less Is More, Much more.
8 October 2010 | by GrahamEnglandSee all my reviews

British crime films are a very mixed bunch, for every 'Long Good Friday' or 'Sexy Beast', there is a whole load of low rent, formulaic fayre of diminishing returns.

This film has one advantage from the off, not being set in London - or as many of the characters in the poorer films of this genre say it, 'Laanndan'. (Hiding those well brought up accents can be a strain perhaps).

It's set in Brighton, a town (recently upgraded to a 'City') on England's south coast. But not the Brighton known to many here in recent years, the place of celeb second homes, nightclub culture, a liberal place for homosexuals before most of the rest of the country became more adult and relaxed about this part of society.

The Brighton of mundane suburbia is the setting, not the cultural epicentre.

Largely set in a home, where Bill and his wife live with their 34 year old son, we first see them, the father and son, after being acquitted in a drugs trial, little to celebrate though - how did they get into court in the first place? Who grassed them up - have to be someone close, to their right little, tight little world of lower ranking club employees and drug pushers.

The home is the actual dwelling of the actor playing the father, where the son - his real life son - was actually brought up. Only the mother is played by a quite familiar actress - Julia Deakin. The father, Bill, being an ex hippy who wistfully reflects on the brief period of apparent enlightenment through Cannabis and LSD, via yoga and the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, before money, crime, harder drugs, intruded - which swept up Bill too.

So begins a claustrophobic period of suspicion, paranoia, leading to violence and murder. Between bouts of domestic bickering, including a 'meet my pregnant girlfriend' family dinner that is a mire of passive-aggressiveness.

The cast are largely drawn - when they are not family members of the writer and actor playing the son - from innovative and usually rather dark comedy shows and stand up.

Micro budget it might have, but Down Terrace punches well above it's weight. Lack of flash leads to a concentration on family dynamics - albeit a deeply disturbing one - realistic script and genuine plot shocks and surprises.

This film is refreshing, often laugh out loud funny - darkly funny usually - intense and a real gem. Clearly a labour of love from the small team involved in the whole production, a labour though of inspiration rather than just perspiration.


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