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

  • 2007
  • UK
  • 85 min
  • 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 and smoking crack, but as their friendship breaks down, any emotion felt towards these self-proclaimed racist scumbags quickly dissolves.

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Bigga than Ben

30 Oct 2008

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…

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

19 Jun 20083 stars

Edinburgh International Film Festival

(SA Halewood, UK) 85min 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 (Ben Barnes) and Spiker (Andrei Chadov) are a…

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