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WILD BILL

UK, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Next Gen)

Director: Dexter Fletcher

WILD BILL

“Why can't all British crime dramas be so well written and acted, and have a splash of comedy as confident as this?” - The Guardian

Released from jail, "Wild" Bill Hayward returns home to a South London estate where he plans to stay out of trouble while serving out his parole. But his past catches up with him in the form of a reluctant reunion with his sons - 15-year-old Dean, who hates him, and 11-year-old Jimmy, who's fallen in with local drug dealers.

Engaging characters, witty dialogue and a likeable performance from Charlie Creed-Miles as Bill make this an upbeat working-class family drama, which won the Euskaltel Youth Award at San Sebastián Film Festival.

Actor Dexter Fletcher is best known for roles in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Press Gang, but with this surprisingly sweet directorial debut he proves himself a promising filmmaker.

MIFF recommends age 15+ (No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to the screenings of the said film(s) unless in the company of a parent or adult guardian.)

D Dexter Fletcher P Tim Cole, Sam Tromans S Danny King, Dexter Fletcher WS STS Media TD DCP/2011


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