Bigga than Ben

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  • 30 October 2008
Bigga than Ben

Very brief chance to catch Suzie Halewood's silly, mischievous and occasionally touching comedy about a couple of young Russians’ attempts to take London for all it is worth. The film stars Ben Barnes as one of the chain smoking, nihilist economic migrants in question.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Wed 5 & Thu 6 Nov. GFT, Glasgow, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Nov.

Bigga Than Ben: A Russian's Guide to Ripping Off London

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: S A Halewood
  • Cast: Ben Barnes, Andrei Chadov, Ovidiu Matesan

Allegedly based on the diary of a young Moscovite who came to London in the late 1990s, 'Bigga Than Ben' is, for the majority of its running time, a distracting black comedy. Cobakka (Barnes) and Spiker (Chadov) are a couple of Russian wide boys who, on arrival in Britain, quickly learn the beauty of cashback, shoplifting…

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