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A room for Romeo Brass - Andrew Shim, Ben Marshall, Paddy Considine, Shane Meadows

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There's no logic to the things you feel as a child.

The friendship of two 10-year-old boys is jeopardised when Romeo Brass (Andrew Shim) is befriended by Morell (Paddy Considine), a sort of gawky man who isn't quite what he appears, while Romeo's friend Gavin "Knocks" Woolley (Ben Marshall) is alienated and left out. This rift gradually exposes a darker side of Morell...

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  • Film UK drama family child friend soccer

Persons of interest

  • Martin Arrowsmith .... Dennis Wardrobe
  • Darren O Campbell .... Darren
  • Paddy Considine .... Morell
  • Julia Ford .... Sandra Woolley
  • Ladene Hall .... Carol Brass
  • Frank Harper .... Joe Brass
  • James Higgins .... Bill Woolley
  • Bob Hoskins .... Steven Laws
  • Vicky McClure .... Ladine Brass
  • Ben Marshall .... Gavin "Knocks" Woolley
  • Johann Myers .... Clifford
  • Andrew Shim .... Romeo Brass
  • Paul Fraser .... Screenwriter
  • Shane Meadows .... Screenwriter
  • Shane Meadows .... Director

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Theatrical report

Not Billy Elliot but not far from it.

There's something about the English working class (and their children) that fascinates filmmakers. Perhaps it's the raw, unbridled nature of their existence, unfettered as they are by any expectation to keep themselves above the subordinate class division. Perhaps it's the knowledge that everyone is working class but some of them are putting on airs. Oh well, at least they're not USA white trash. Now there's a subordinate class division!

Meanwhile, Andrew is your exactly typical young English lad, hooked up with his next-door neighbour (Ben) because he's there rather than because there's any special connection; they are stuck with each other whether they like it or not. They both show all the furies, fears, frustrations and forgiveness that two such boys would experience. It is a love-hate relationship, with Gavin doing most of the loving and Romeo doing most of the hating. That's also a handy piece of scriptwriting because the two families mirror the boys' relationship: Romeo's is torn apart by the destructiveness of the semi-absent father while Gavin's muddles along on endless cups of tea.

Into this volatile mix comes the entirely insane Morell, himself the victim of a violently insane father (h minutes... bit of a theme going on there), who proceeds to completely obliterate both families. If you ever want to see a portrait of a madman, just watch Paddy. His characterisation is a Forrest Gumpian no-hoper without the Hollywood chocolate box fantasy. He's lost, he's violent, he's oppressive, he's dangerous and he's not particularly unusual. He's the kind of guy you'd see wandering about Kings Cross or hanging around outside the train station (ostensibly) trying to scrounge up the fare. Keep your eyes straight ahead and walk on by.

A room for Romeo Brass is a hard-core drama that ever lets go of its ideals or loses sight of its aims. The supporting cast are all great, the script is great, the direction is great... it has everything to recommend it.

Just remember not to watch A room for Romeo Brass at 8:30 on Tuesday or Saturday night because The Bill is on.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

90 minutes (1:30 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 6 June 2001
VHS rental: 6 June 2001
DVD retail: 21 May 2003

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