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The Violators (2015)

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When Shelly meets Rachel, two dysfunctional girls from radically opposed backgrounds set off on a collision course that will leave one of them shattered, the other re-born.


Helen Walsh


Helen Walsh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren McQueen ... Shelly
Brogan Ellis Brogan Ellis ... Rachel
Stephen Lord ... Mikey
Liam Ainsworth ... Kieran
Derek Barr Derek Barr ... Andy Hudson
Callum King Chadwick Callum King Chadwick ... Jerome
Jennifer Hennessy ... Helen
Roxanne Pallett ... Carla
Harry Evans Harry Evans ... Slender
Jacqueline Leonard Jacqueline Leonard ... Valerie
James Foster James Foster ... Carl
Stella Grundy Stella Grundy ... Jessie
Sean McKee Sean McKee ... Eugene
Andrea Davy ... Sylvia
Karl Camilleri Karl Camilleri ... JJ


When Shelly meets Rachel, two dysfunctional girls from radically opposed backgrounds set off on a collision course that will leave one of them shattered, the other re-born. Set in the forsaken wastelands of Cheshire's little-seen urban overspill, The Violators charts a teenage girl's path from battle-hardened cynicism to the hope of a better life. Written by Red Union Films

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Lyrical, harsh & uplifting debut from a rising star of cinema
30 September 2016 | by Keith SalmonSee all my reviews

I was fascinated to see how Helen Walsh would navigate the transition from novelist to auteur, and was not surprised by the poetic and lyrical film she has created. Make no mistake, The Violators is raw; its subject matter, its (very) young and precociously talented cast, its desolate locations and its sometimes intrusive, sometimes unsettling, always arresting hand-held shooting style is all rough, brutal and right in your face (much like Walsh's novels.) Yet, just as in novels like Brass and Once Upon A Time In England, Walsh finds the humanity amid the horror; she finds the beauty in everyday, ugly tableaux. The crude story of The Violators sees Shelly, the young, unwittingly beautiful head of a dysfunctional family having to use all her street wiles and nous to keep her little step- brother safe from their soon-to-be-released father - an abusive monster. In planning a safe haven, Shelly falls under the sinister gaze of two more predators - one of them not much older than herself. She has to think on her feet and try to work out who - if anyone - can be trusted on their godforsaken estate; yet there are moments of purity and childlike innocence amid all the squalor and hardship. If you have read Helen Walsh's novels you'll know that she doesn't pull any punches. Yet The Violators is visually stunning and unexpectedly beautiful, too, with its streaky pink skies and silver dockland vistas. Walsh has coaxed definitive performances from future stars Lauren McQueen, Callum King Chadwick and Brogan Ellis and, along with writer/directors like Clio Barnard and Carol Morley is surely a rising star herself. Another Northern Classic!

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