Film Review: Filth

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Based on the 1998 novel by Irvine Welsh, and written and directed by Jon S. Baird, Filth follows a bipolar, bigoted, drug addicted, alcoholic, racist, sexist and corrupt cop, Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), who, willing to stop at nothing to get what he wants, manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. Can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?

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Irish Documentary ‘Knuckle’ Coming To Theaters In December

(Written for BritScene)

Irish documentary Knuckle was shown at the beginning of the year at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and after being picked up for a North American distribution, it has now been given a release date and a new US trailer.

Knuckle chronicles the epic 12-year journey into the world of an Irish gypsy community and their bare-knuckle fighting rituals. Directed by and starring Ian Palmer, the documentary focuses on two clans, the Quinns and the Joyces, who hate each other so much that they settle their disputes through beating each other up. Much like Brad Pitt’s role in Snatch, Palmer opens up the side of the Gypsy community that we rarely get to see inside of.

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