Bill Hayward (Charlie Creed-Miles) is paroled from prison after an eight-year stretch, and determined never to go back. On returning to the South London streets where he grew up, he’s more convinced that he needs to get out of town altogether, to leave his hard-nut reputation and shady past behind. That proves easier said than done. He visits his family to discover his ex-wife has left his 11 and 15-year-old sons alone, doing their best to fend for themselves. The older boy, Dean (Will Poulter), is fiercely independent and wants little to do with a dad who deserted him, but when social services get involved Dean needs Bill to stay temporarily and put on the front that they are OK, so he can get on with managing as they are. Bill is torn between facing paternal obligations to the sons he never bothered to get to know, and avoiding the pernicious tentacles of criminal cohorts, which could see him back in jail. Evocatively filmed in tower blocks and shopping centres in the shadow of the Olympic development, Dexter Fletcher’s low-budget directorial debut is a hugely impressive achievement, with a whip-smart script, authoritative performances from some of Britain’s finest acting talents and a killer soundtrack. –BFI
Dexter Fletcher (born 31 January 1966) is an English actor. He is best known for his role in Guy Ritchie film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as well as television roles in such shows as the dramedy Hotel Babylon, the critically acclaimed HBO series Band of Brothers and earlier in his career, the children’s show Press Gang. He also had a short lived stint at presenting, when he tried his hand at the third series of Channel 4’s GamesMaster in 1993 and 1994. —Wikipedia
The absent father from prison find his sons abandoned by their mother but coping in their own ramshackle way. They have a choice of being sent into care by the social worker or accept their father staying on at home with them. Living in the midst of an estate populated by drugs gangs they have to cope with violence and the lure of cocaine trading. Will Poulter, the elder brother turns in a great performance.
Just another British gangster movie? I think not! Dexter Fletcher shows great promise as a director and writer. A poignant movie about bad people, without really exploiting them. Nice, heartfilled stuff. Proper review here, chaps and chapatis: 366movies.com/2012/12/22/354wildbill/