Shank
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Award-winning filmmaker Simon Pearce takes the helm for this gritty coming-of-age story about a teenage gang member who keeps his homosexuality a secret from his fellow thugs. Eighteen-year-old Scally lad Cal (Wayne Virgo) is all about sex, drugs, and violence. He's a hoodlum at heart, but his sexual urges set him apart from the pack. Despite random hookups, it's fellow gangster Jonno that Cal really wants. Secretly pining for Jonno from afar, Cal gets uneasy when de facto gang leader Nessa grows suspicious of his sexuality. When Nessa commands the gang to mug an innocent student named… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Shank' has a lot more to say than the average no-budget gangland exposé, resulting in a film which, for all its clichés, feels surprisingly real."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"A well-meaning but not always convincing attempt to hoodie-ise the gay coming-of-age drama."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Simon Pearce's Shank successfully treads the line between sweet romance, gay soft-core porn, gang violence, and aimless exploitation."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"Locally produced in Bristol with an up-and-coming cast and crew, this drama is remarkably tough, constantly challenging our preconceptions. It also transcends its budget to create interesting characters and some truly harrowing situations."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The raw power of the story isn't always very effectively harnessed but the level of conviction is certainly impressive."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
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