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for a film set in modern london. but it is just a trailer.
It's not set in the East Midlands?!
He's branching out! ;)
he's ran away to london.
for Eurostar, though they did fund it.
The title is taken from some shithole near St Pancras, but apart from that...?
And the film bursts into colour as soon as they reach Paris. Which was, of course, all made possible by Eurostar
but I'm very excited by this!
I'll be going to see this as soon as I can!
gauranteed to be good isnt it?
couldn't afford it in the end.
so it is.
with all the signs and stuff
handy for British Library though...not a lot of pubs, mind.
with it's filthy pavements! and strip clubs! and porn shops! and that photography studio that offers to make photos of you as the opposite gender! brilliant stuff.
see also Different race, middle aged, different artists representations etc
around Somers town. Is it lots of fun?
there's not a lot there
really, really great. Go see it if you haven't already. Ended a bit abruptly maybe, but still thought most of it was fantastic.
Very funny at points too..I want to say what they were, but I'm not going to spoil it for you. Go and watch it!
I'm going to ignore the haters below.
I would call it contrived but it would be an understatement - and I know it was funded by Eurostar but goddamn: "Oh look how big that station is", "Oh you can get to paris in under 2 hours" - I think it just left a sour taste mainly because I know was Meadows is capable of and this just seemed like a massive shower of cackness. Oh well.
But even if you forget about the whole Eurostar thing, it's just not a very good film. Not a patch on This Is England.
I just consciously put all that to one side - that only really came into play in an advertising sense in the final stages of the film, and it was done relatively subtly. If you didn't know about the Eurostar funding of the film you'd just think they wanted to travel somewhere together and that it was just another segment of the plot. Or thats what I felt anyway. Though I can still see why its irked some people.
Why did he escape to London?
How likely is it that he would bump into the same woman in London twice? (not to mention her giving him food and money, maybe I'm a cynic)
And why would the French woman care enough to meet two young boys in Paris? And how the hell did they afford to go to Paris?
I'm probably over-analysing here but I really didn't like it! As I'm sure you've gathered.
I'm not going to try and convince you otherwise, those are all completely valid points. I thought the vaguenes and ambiguities made the film warm, and I thought his dad got reduced price or free tickets as he worked on the rail link construction site?
I agree with you on the 'how the hell did they afford to go to Paris?' point though! The Pound is strong against the Euro at the moment..
if I didn't know about the Eurostar link I wouldn't even have noticed it. Product placement in other films is way more blatant, and Meadows wouldn't let himself be compromised even if he did accept the funding - it was with various conditions in place.
I thought the film was great. Sweet & touching, and I love Thomas Turgoose after This is England. It's flawed, for sure, but it's lovely and funny with nice performances, and beautifully made.
Let it be noted that I do have some professional bias when it comes to this film.
Yeah I thought it was dead good, despite the various flaws people have pointed out.
from non-actors, and his work with Thomas Turgoose is really heartening, it's pretty much turned that kid's life around.
The dialogue that he creates between these kids is so brilliant as well, in the way that it lacks condescension, and what he does with improvisation is refreshing. I do love Shane Meadows.
When I told him he said Oh right that explains why it felt like an advert for the eurostar and paris for the last ten minutes.
Looks like the worst film of all time.
Yes, alright Meadows, we get it. Working class Britain is a really iconic and poetic place, full of people with warm hearts and tragic pasts.
Ooh, this time, the star of his new film is the star of his previous film! Only, instead of Thomas Turgoose being turned against foreigners, he befriends and falls in love with them, because they're actually really nice if you just get to know them.
"Awww, look at them stealing those clothes. That's just like what I used to get up to when I were a littl'un."
Please, stop pounding us with realism all the time and give us a bit of escapism again. Dead Man's Shoes was good but I'm bored of your social commentaries.
but i don't think i'll enjoy it as much as 'this is england', it looks a bit more contrived (the black and white film, beautiful parisian waitress, etc etc)
The father of the polish kid works for Eurostar and gives them free tickets (hmm seems a bit pro eurostar to me - btw Eurostar dont do this in real life).
The film is b&w until they arrive in glorious Paris, which is reachable in only 2 hours... wow that sounds good.
Though I sure if you read the Guardian you already know all this.
I liked it until the last 10 minutes, though it was nice to see a Shane Meadows film where it doesnt just end with someone getting savagely beaten - See 24/7, Romeo Brass and This is England.
I accidentally walked through Somers Town last week when we were trying to get to Euston from Camden. It seemed... non-descript.
and loved it. Nothing heavy, just enjoyable with a harmless, believable narrative.
Additionally, my office is slap bang in the middle of Somers Town, so it was funny to see it and everything around it.
I didn't know about the whole eurostar thing when I watched it but in hindsight it does look like a 71 min advert (esp the end), but a really enjoyable one