Somers Town (4 stars)

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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Somers Town

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 1h 17min
  • 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.