This black suburban comedy from director Ben Wheatley slickly marries family drama to crime-flick to produce a cross-genre gem.
Father-and-son gangster duo Bill and Karl, released from a four-month stint in a Brighton prison, settle back into a routine of drinking, pot-smoking and crime. But there’s a snitch in their midst, and the dysfunctional family of thugs are set to explode with violence.
Brimming with menace, Down Terrace stars co-writer Robin Hill alongside his real-life wife and father, and features a chilling crime clan matriarch that puts Jacki Weaver’s performance in Animal Kingdom to shame. —melbournefilmfestival.com
Ben Wheatley (born 1972) Animator, Director of internet viral ads, TV idents, TV adverts, TV comedy shows and feature films.
Wheatley was born in Billericay, Essex. He went to Haverstock School in North London and it was here during the sixth form that he met Amy Jump who is now his wife and co-founder of Mr and Mrs Wheatley. They have a son and live in Brighton.
Initially a short film maker and animator, Wheatley moved his work to the internet instantly gaining a wider audience. His viral clip “cunning stunt” which shows his friend Rob Hill jumping over a car has had over 10 million views. The hundred or so short virals, animations and games found on mrandmrswheatley.co.uk soon caught the eye of large media companies and Wheatley’s work expanded into main stream media.
In 2006 Wheatley won a Lion at Cannes advertising festival for directing AMBX viral with the viralfactory.
In July 2006 Wheatley directed the live action… read more
UK Kitchen sink drama set within the melee of a crime family hoisted up by blistering performances from real life father and son Robert Hill and Robin Hill. Unfortunately overshadowed by the Australian film "Animal Kingdom" last year, this film really has the goods. Julia Deakin far more chilling than Jacki Weaver's nominated performance. Well written with just the right degree of paranoia and violence. Bravo.
“Wheatley might be the most idiosyncratic and exciting filmmaker the UK has produced since Shane Meadows.”
The film of the week would have to be Olivier Assayas's Carlos, and the roundup of raves carries on right here. So, too, does the one for Clint