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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Robert Hill
Julia Deakin
Robin Hill.
Directors
Ben Wheatley.
Screenwriters
Robin Hill
Ben Wheatley.
Running Time
93 minutes

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Down Terrace
Brighton-based crime shenanigans


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Plot
Father and son, Bill (Robert Hill) and Karl (Robin Hill), emerge from prison determined to unmask the police informant threatening their family business.


Review
Down Terrace
A vicious darwinism operates within this bleakly hilarious reclamation of the British crime genre from peddlers of mockney muppetry. Determined to punish the narc who put them inside, father and son small-timers Robert and Robin Hill lure the suspects to their Brighton home. Deadpan is the watchword for this seaside homage to The Sopranos, with the slapstick insouciance of the assassinations only enhancing its cult appeal. Robert Hill and wife Julia Deakin seethe contempt for their minions, while Robin Hill veers between brattish tantrums and clumsy romantic gestures that disguise his darker purpose. Surreal and sinister, this is a savvy exercise in anti-social realism.


Verdict
The father and son chemistry give this blackly-comic slice of social realism a dose of Ealing-lite wit.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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