Despite the open mind I try to always bring to cinema, I have to admit that the term ‘British gangster film’ makes my heart drop involuntarily as I brace myself for a parade of wide boys with imaginatively descriptive names such as Fingers Charlie, running round with shooters, spouting Mockney. Director Ben Wheatley has shown me the error of my ways with his outstanding debut feature Down Terrace, a British film that is much more concerned with the ‘family’ portion of the term ‘crime family’ and how those closest to us are perhaps the ones we should fear the most.

Down Terrace (2009)

Bill and Karl have just got out of jail free but all is not well at Down Terrace. The family business just isn’t working out and Karl’s had more than he can take of his old man’s philosophising and preaching. Karl’s girlfriend is pregnant – by him? Who knows… Either way…a little information goes a long way and its definitely time for a spring clean. By any means necessary…

5 Responses to DN149: Down Terrace – Ben Wheatley

  1. bill says:

    great interview thank you.

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