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Chicken (2015)

| Drama | 20 May 2016 (UK)
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Richard, 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, Polly, needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new ... See full summary »

Director:

Joe Stephenson

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Freddie Machin (play), Chris New | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Chambers ... Richard
Morgan Watkins ... Polly
Yasmin Paige ... Annabell
Kirsty Besterman ... Mrs. Rickson
Stuart Keil Stuart Keil ... Mr. Rickson
Freddie Machin Freddie Machin ... Scrap Yard Owner
Gina Bramhill ... Tara
Alf Raines Alf Raines ... Pub Landlord
Johnny Vercoutre Johnny Vercoutre ... Pub Customer
Adrian Bouchet ... Bill
Rose Williams ... Lil
Ben Mars ... Kevin
Michael Culkin ... McClint
Danny Steele ... Electrician
Alex Murphy ... Bloodied Man
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Richard, 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, Polly, needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, and the electricity supply to their caravan is cut, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Then a chance meeting with the new landowner's daughter, 17 year old Annabel (Yasmin Paige), leaves Richard besotted; whilst Polly befriends the guys who run a seedy traveling fair. Richards optimistic view on life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as Polly's abusive behavior worsens, and family secrets are revealed. His first true friend is Annabel. For better or worse, Richards life is about to change forever.

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Director Joe Stephenson had Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins, who play brothers in the film, write biographies from the perspective of their characters. For instance, Stephenson would propose a shared event: say, a familial argument, and have Chambers and Watkins describe their respective reactions. This process is attributed to helping them gain a keener understanding of their roles. See more »

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A meandering and heart wrenching tale that should be watched by more
13 October 2020 | by mattmuskoSee all my reviews

I watched this for "free" via Amazon Prime Video a few months ago. As of today I can still do that. I probably would be willing to shell out a few bucks to watch it again now that I know how moving this film is. The casting is great and the story is compelling if not inherently depressing. It is hard not to empathize with the protagonist and the twist at the end is rather disturbing but explains quite a lot. If you are able to watch this via an existing subscription to a streaming service then please do that. It's best to refrain from providing summaries that could give plot points away so I'll end this review here. Just watch it...I doubt you will be disappointed.


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$10,412
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