can't wear this! I look stupid"
(Turgoose) travels down to London from Nottingham to try and start a new
life for himself but on his first night in the capital he is mugged, beaten
up and all his worldly possessions taken from him. Forced to live on the
streets, he meets a young Polish boy named Marek (Jagiello) and the pear
quickly become friends. When Marek introduces Tomo to Maria (Lasowski),
the beautiful French girl who works at the local café, the pair both fall
for her and dream of the perfect day out with their dream girl.
it comes to picking out the British directors who deserve more attention
than they are currently getting, many movie fans and critics alike who say
Shane Meadows and with 'Somers Town' he shows that he deserves that greater
Shane Meadows' made his feature writing and directing debut in 1997 with
'24/7: Twenty Four Seven', critics saw real potential in this young filmmaker
who managed to draw out performances from a young, inexperienced cast that
oozed in realism and charm, all with the experienced Bob Hoskins steering
the ship. His second feature, 'A Room for Romeo Brass', saw another movie
with Hoskins and his first collaboration with Paddy Considine but it was
the performances of the unknown two child actors that shown. 'Once Upon
a Time in the Midlands' came next but didn't really have the same impact,
even though the performances were still very good. It was his next film
in 2004 that really showed how good a writer/director Shane Meadows can
be and that film as 'Dead Man's Shoes'. With an astonishing performance
from Paddy Considine, this was the independent film of the year. In 2006
his followed this with 'This is England', a semi-autobiographical look at
the 1980s and what it was like to be a skinhead but again it was the performances
from the young cast, especially debutant Thomas Turgoose that stood out,
making Shane Meadows a director who can definitely get the most out of any
of his actors.
'Somers Town', his way of filmmaking didn't change but the approach was
a little different. Financed by Eurostar, this short film is a character
study of two teenage boys living in Somers Town, central London, one a polish
immigrant Marek and the other a boy from the north Tomo, moving to the big
city to make a life for himself. The two meet and become friends and the
film deals with their friends, their first love and keeping Tomo away from
the authorities and most importantly Marek's father. While the premise is
simple, it is the execution that makes this movie such a gem.
to work with Shane Meadows again, Grimsby born actor Thomas Turgoose proves
he is one of the most naturalistic, young actors working today and has a
bright future in the business. As Tomo, the teenager who moves to London
to escape his life in the North, he creates a character that is instantly
likeable and provides so many laugh-out-loud moments that will remind you
of when you were a teenager. With the character of Tomo providing the laughs
it is Marek that has to be the straight man and young Polish actor Piotr
Jagiello is excellent. It is their interaction and growing friendship, even
though they are complete opposites. There is also good support from Perry
Benson as local London 'Businessman' Graham, Elisa Lasowski as the object
of Tomo and Marek's affections Maria and Ireneusz Czop as Marek's father.
'Somers Town' is a gem of a movie and one that will stay with you for a
very long time. With excellent, naturalistic performances from two young
lead actors, the short film shows again how good a director Shane Meadows
is and that critics, fans and cinemagoers should look forward to every film
in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the
transfer is good.
with Perry Benson (5.38 mins)
The man who played local London 'Businessman' Graham, talks about working
with Shane Meadows, his directing style and what it was like working with
the young actors.
with Thomas Turgoose and Piotr Jagiello (6.20 mins)
The two stars of the film talk about how they got involved, working with
Shane Meadows, the improvisational style of filmmaking and how they have
with Shane Meadows (14.41 mins)
The director of the movie talks about how he got involved, the financing
of the movie, the story, casting the characters and filming the short film.
Meadows Master Class at the Tribeca Film Festival (1hr 08mins)
Watch the British director take you through the production of the movie,
how he makes movies and working with young actors. This is a fascinating
insight into lower budget filmmaking and how this fantastic director works.
Spots (1.04 mins)
Watch two TV spots that promoted the film on Television
Trailer (1.59 mins)
Watch the trailer that promoted the film on the internet and in theatres
Trailers for 'Son of Rambow', 'Persopolis' and 'Cassandra's Dream'
The DVD treatment for 'Somers Town' is one that fans of the movie will enjoy.
The interviews are very good and the Tribeca Master Class is well worth
watching. The only shame is the lack of a commentary track but other than
this, this is still a very good package for a low budget, short film.
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