Warp Films 10 Collection

2011
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of ten features produced by independent company Warp Films. In 'Dead Man's Shoes' (2004) Richard (Paddy Considine) has always protected his simple-minded younger brother, Anthony (Tony Kebbell), but when Richard leaves his rural Midlands' village to join the army, his sibling is taken in by Sonny (Gary Stretch), a vicious local drug dealer, and his gang of thugs. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and it amuses them to bully him and corrupt his innocence. Seven years later Richard returns for revenge. 'This Is England' (2006) is set in Thatcher's Britain of the early '80s. With schools breaking up for the summer, 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) makes his way home after a fight. Living with his mum in a rundown coastal town, his dad killed in the Falklands, Shaun spends a lot of time on his own and dreads the long summer break. Expecting the worst when he runs into a group of skinheads, Shaun's surprised when they turn out to be friendly and adopt him as one of their own. Suddenly the summer feels a whole lot better as Shaun discovers girls, parties, braces and an identity. But the good times are threatened with the appearance of Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, in-your-face racist, just released from prison, who leads the group down a darker, violent road. 'All Tomorrow's Parties' (2009) is a compilation of alternative music from the titular seaside indie rock festival. Recorded on a variety of formats, from fans' mobile phones, to Super 8 and camcorders, the film captures the flavour of the festival that was conceived as an alternative to larger and more commercial events. Bands featured include Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Mogwai, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gossip, Seasick Steve and Iggy Pop. 'Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee' (2009), an improvised mockumentary, follows the life of a rock roadie and his rapper sidekick. Donk (Considine) makes his living working as a roadie for rock bands and dreams of becoming a fat-cat music promoter. But life's not that easy for Donk at the moment. With his former upmarket girfriend about to deliver his child but wanting nothing to do with him, Donk is forever having to ask advice about his failed love life from the director (Shane Meadows). Setting out for his next gig with Arctic Monkeys, Donk takes along his East Midlands rapper sidekick Scor-zay-zee (aka Dean Palinczuk), who impresses so much that he's offered a support slot on the band's tour. In 'Bunny and the Bull' (2009) Stephen Turnbull (Edward Hogg) has not left the house for months. When an infestation of mice wreaks havoc on his precious daily routine, he starts to relive a road trip around Europe with his best mate Bunny (Simon Farnaby). The story of their debauched and chronically underfunded trip is played out in flashback, chronicling a series of bizarre and disastrous encounters including a demented dog-loving tramp (Julian Barratt), an alcoholic ex-matador (Noel Fielding) and the dullest tour guide that ever lived (Richard Ayoade). But it is superstitious waitress Eloisa (Veronica Echegui) who steals their hearts, prompting an unlikely love triangle that takes them from the industrial wastelands of Poland to the bull fields of Spain. In 'Four Lions' (2010) Riz Ahmed plays Omar, a devout British-based Muslim who forms a small terrorist group. Omar is an unconvincing leader and his team of fellow terrorists are just as unimpressive. Among them are dim-witted Waj (Kayvan Novak), shy and quiet Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) and recently-converted white Muslim Barry (Nigel Lindsay), whose passion far outweighs his knowledge. Omar and his comrades come up with several destructive plans, including using birds as explosives and bombing mosques in an attempt to provoke non-violent Muslims. But do this rag-tag team of terrorists really pose a genuine threat to Britain? 'Submarine' (2010) follows 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) in his dual quest to keep his family together and to lose his virginity before his 16th birthday. Set in Swansea, the film charts Oliver's growing concerns about the relationship between his father, Lloyd (Noah Taylor), a depressive and recently-unemployed marine biologist, and his mother (Sally Hawkins), who appears to be harbouring a crush on fawning New Age guru Graham (Considine). Meanwhile, Oliver ponders how to broach the sticky subject of sex with his eczema-prone, pyromaniac girlfriend Jordana (Yasmin Paige). In 'Tyrannosaur' (2011) Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an aggressive and self-destructive loner who suffers from extreme mood swings and an inability to keep his temper in check. One such lack of control forces him to flee into a charity shop to hide from three youths. Here he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Hannah (Olivia Colman), a volunteer who attempts to calm Joseph and offer him a Christian way out of his troubles. Despite their differences, a relationship develops between the two. However, will the other man in Hannah's life, her husband James (Eddie Marsan), have something to say about the burgeoning friendship? In 'Kill List' (2011) former soldier Jay (Neil Maskell) works alongside his partner Justin (Ben Crompton) as a hitman. When problems erupt in Jay's marriage and personal life, the strain has a devastating effect as he abandons any semblance of morality or humanity and becomes consumed by the violence and depravity of his work. Finally, 'Snowtown' (2011) is based on the infamous 'Bodies in the Barrels' murders, which took place in Australia in the 1990s. Lucas Pittaway stars as Jamie Vlassakis, a lonely and vulnerable 16-year-old boy living in the impoverished Adelaide suburb of Snowtown with his single mother and two younger brothers. When he meets John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), a charismatic older man who has recently moved into the neighbourhood, Jamie's life changes beyond recognition as he gradually becomes drawn into a world of bigotry, brutality and hatred.