Release date:July 15, 2009
Starring:Thomas Turgoose, Piotr Jagiello, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson, Kate Dickie
Two teenage boys - Tomo, a tough-talking orphaned Brit, and Marek, a shy Polish émigré - warily develop a friendship in one of London's more rundown neighborhoods, a place where Shane Meadows's black and white cinematography suggests the kitchen-sink dramas of the early '60s. Thomas Turgoose, who played a baby-faced hoodlum in Meadows's recent skinhead drama "This is England," gives another tour-de-force performance as a cheeky, funny 16-year-old who has seen it all. Tomo and Marek find ways to make a few quid, defend themselves from neighborhood bullies and dream of erotic fulfillment with the fetching French waitress they both fall for. Once again the filmmaker's understated realism limns modern-day England in a way that is both contemporary and timeless.