The Violators

United Kingdom | 2015 | 97 minutes | Helen Walsh

A teenaged girl struggling to support her siblings in a dingy British housing project gets the news that her abusive father is about to be paroled in this gritty tale of adolescence evoking the teen narratives of Andrea Arnold and Pawel Pawlikowski.

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Having testified against her abusive father and sent him to jail, teenager Shelly Hudson now finds herself living on a rundown council estate with her two half-brothers. Older sibling Andy drinks and parties to escape their traumatic past while she concentrates on raising her bright and inspired younger brother Jerome. For Shelly, each day is little different than the one before: getting high; hanging out at the local penny arcade; attempting to make ends meet by selling small stolen trinkets to Mikey Finnegan, the local pawn-shop owner whose interest in her is far from professional. But then she meets Rachel—pretty, stylish, and well-to-do. Rachel offers Shelly posh clothes and jewelry in exchange for her company, and a wary friendship develops between the pair. However, the Hudson siblings' tumultuous home life grows even more precarious upon receiving news of their father's impending parole, which precipitates Shelly into seeking desperate relief. With The Violators, acclaimed novelist and first-time filmmaker Helen Walsh ("Brass") evokes the films of Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) and Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love, Ida) to fashion a startlingly accomplished portrait of adolescent fear and ennui, desire and hope.

Director Biography
Helen Walsh is an acclaimed writer and director born in Warrington, England. As a writer, she has published many critically acclaimed novels, including 2004's "Brass" and 2008's "Once Upon a Time in England," which won a 2009 Somerset Maugham Award. She makes her directorial debut with The Violators, for which she also wrote the screenplay.

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  • Director: Helen Walsh
  • Principal Cast: Lauren McQueen, Brogan Ellis, Stephen Lord, Liam Ainsworth
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: David A. Hughes, David Moores
  • Screenplay: Helen Walsh
  • Cinematographers: Tobin Jones
  • Editors: Kyle Ogden, David A. Hughes
  • Music: David A. Hughes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Houston King