Director: Ben Wheatley
Slamdance Film Festival
British director Ben Wheatley (Modern Toss, IDEAL) shreds the preconceptions surrounding modern UK gangster fare (no Guy Richie-isms here) in this great drama. Wheatley noted in the Q & A after this special screening that he wrote two scripts for this film—the first about the business of how these top-tier drug dealers make money, their backstory, and the second about their “regular,” darkly comic lives–Down Terrace is the second script. Wheatley set aside the first script and set to crafting a realistic portrayal of a mob family imploding in their Victorian-style house in Sussex. The accents are great, the dialogue gritty and the shooting/editing impeccable. Who thought that a request to paint the breakfast room would be acceptable grounds for murder? These people do. Now we anxiously await Wheatley’s next addition to this series. Hopefully we’ll see it sooner than later.
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 8:00pm - Treasure Mountain Inn