Somers Town (4 stars)

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This article is from 2008.

Somers Town

(Shane Meadows, UK) 75min

While Shane Meadows’ last outing, This is England, showed the racist side of British nationalism, his follow-up, the black-and-white Somers Town, demonstrates just how nice the Brits can be to immigrants. Starting life as a short film financed by Eurostar, the resulting feature is an amusing tale of new friendships and lust set in and around St Pancras International. This is Meadows’ most feel-good outing and a pleasant return to irreverent comedy. Thomas Turgoose, the young star of This is England, plays Tomo, a teenager running away from his Midlands domicile to find solace in the big smoke where he is immediately mugged. Luckily, Tomo meets Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a bored young Polish immigrant and together they get up to a joyful series of pranks in this heart-warming lark.

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This article is from 2008.

Somers Town

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 77 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shane Meadows
  • Written by: Paul Fraser
  • Cast: Piotr Jagiello, Thomas Turgoose, Ireneusz Czop

Originally financed by Eurostar as a short film to promote the service's new terminus at St Pancras, Meadows' has expanded his brief to tell a vividly drawn story of childhood friendship and to paint a vibrant portrait of a part of the big smoke that's in all likelihood soon to gentrified out of existence.

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