Alternately nasty and hilarious UK kitchen sink gangster film
Not another facking Brit gangster flick?! Well, yes, but this alternately nasty and hilarious little gem is a world away from the mockney posturing of Guy Ritchie and co. Set in the suburban backstreets of Southern England’s tarnished seaside resort, Brighton, Down Terrace comes on like a comic crime drama directed by Ken Loach or Mike Leigh – kitchen sink gangsterism if you will. It concerns a pair of small-ish-time crooks, father and son Bill and Karl, just released from a modest prison sentence and intent on finding out who grassed them up … while putting off redecorating the front room. The first half is full of funny bleak moments, most notably Bill’s priceless paean to the trippy old 1960s. Thereafter, things take a violent turn, following the arrival of top brass from London. Director Ben Wheatley, his co-writer Robin Hill (who also plays Karl) and Robert Hill (Robin’s dad, playing Bill) are talents to watch. Extras: short film, extra scenes, acting tests.