Sharply upgraded to HD, Barney Platts-Mills’ neglected yoof movie plays like Shane Meadows directing Cemetery Junction: an equal parts era-specific and timeless take on working-class teenage uncertainty leavened with warmth, wit and a kicking soundtrack.
The awkward, cocky performances (by non-professionals) tease truth from the tale of friends who kill time dossing and bemoaning boredom.
Then Bronco Bullfrog (Sam Shepherd) emerges from borstal, offering alt-lifestyle options to those who want them.
Hybridising Italian Neorealism and the British ‘Free Cinema’ movement, this is a cheap but cherishable demi-classic.
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