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Big Society (2011)

One man's controversial approach to tackling social issues.

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Nick Scott
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ian Appleby Ian Appleby ... Supporting Adult
Zane Burkmar Zane Burkmar ... Supporting Young Adult
Yasmin Chamberlain Yasmin Chamberlain ... Supporting Young Adult
Nathan Charles Nathan Charles ... Supporting Young Adult
Oliver Collins Oliver Collins ... Supporting Young Adult
Nick Crawford Nick Crawford ... Supporting Adult
Benjamin Fisher ... Supporting Young Adult
Tarek Gjonnes Tarek Gjonnes ... Supporting Adult
Lewis Meagor Lewis Meagor ... Supporting Young Adult
Garrett David Millerick Garrett David Millerick ... Supporting Adult
Jonathan Rhodes ... Lead Role
Reece Roe Reece Roe ... Supporting Young Adult
Simone Smedley Simone Smedley ... Supporting Young Adult
Ben Taub Ben Taub ... Supporting Adult
Tom Wright Tom Wright ... Supporting Adult
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One man's controversial approach to tackling social issues.

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Short | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2011 (Denmark) See more »

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Budget:

£500 (estimated)
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Winners Productions See more »
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Color (HD)
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Lead Role: The thing about violence
[pause]
Lead Role: is that it works.
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Darkly comic satire that captures the natural twist to a good idea very well
14 February 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The idea of the Big Society is, fundamentally, one to be encouraged and one that gives more power to local communities to look inward, connect to one another and try to improve for themselves. This fake documentary takes it several steps beyond the positive ideal and sees a former military man be part of bringing violence back to the streets. Tackling small anti-social crime with slaps and punches, the man confronts yobs for littering or graffiti, forcing them to "volunteer" to remedy them immediately.

Delivered to-camera, the film is effective in several ways. Firstly it shows the downside of the idea, because generally people are better at focusing on what others are doing wrong, rather than looking at how they can do positive things; secondly it works because it is very convincing in the way it delivers it. This second aspect is a credit to the film but also a downside since it is pretty difficult to find any online listing of the film where the comments don't contain a fair chunk of those praising the film and wishing it were real. Personally I thought it was an enjoyable satire, with darkly comic and well written dialogue which is very well delivered by Rhodes, who captures the (self-appointed) moral superiority of the middle classes very well – indeed so well it is a bit creepy.


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