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Saxon

A wannabe black comedy set in a decrepit London housing project, "Saxon" needs sharper writing and direction than it gets from first-time filmmaker Greg Loftin. Almost kept afloat by a straight-faced perf from Sean Harris as an ex-con trying to patch up his life and relationships, and Sarah Matravers' strung-up turn as an old school friend, HD low-budgeter has slim theatrical potential.

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With: Sean Harris, Sarah Matravers, Michelle Connolly, Henry Kelly, Tony O'Leary, Sue Maund, Susan Scott, Paul McNeilly.

A wannabe black comedy set in a decrepit London housing project, “Saxon” needs sharper writing and direction than it gets from first-time filmmaker Greg Loftin. Almost kept afloat by a straight-faced perf from Sean Harris as an ex-con trying to patch up his life and relationships, and Sarah Matravers’ strung-up turn as an old school friend, HD low-budgeter has slim theatrical potential.

After being blinded in one eye by a thuggish fishmonger (Tony O’Leary) he owes money to, “Fast” Eddie (Harris) tries to raise some coin by offering to track down Kevin (Paul McNeilly), a boxer who won £1 million ($2 million) on a quiz show but has since gone AWOL. Kevin’s woman, Linda (Matravers), agrees to hire Eddie, but all Eddie does is get repeatedly beaten up (pic’s running joke) as he wanders the Saxon Housing Estate looking for leads. Eddie’s interaction with various colorful personalities, including his drunken prostie mom (Sue Maund), an Irish hairdresser (Michelle Connolly) and an old lady selling lighters (Susan Scott), keep things moving, but in no particular direction. Technically, film has a slice-of-life look.

Saxon

U.K.

Production: A Peccadillo Pictures release of a Sillwood Films production. Produced by Elise Valmorbida. Executive producers, Valmorbida, Gregg Loftin, Jack Fidler, Barry Bassett. Directed, written, edited by Greg Loftin.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Steven Priovolos; music, Michael Portman, Vincent Browett; art director, Jon Revell; costume designer, Andrew Joslin. Reviewed at Edinburgh Film Festival (British Gala), Aug. 20, 2007. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Sean Harris, Sarah Matravers, Michelle Connolly, Henry Kelly, Tony O'Leary, Sue Maund, Susan Scott, Paul McNeilly.

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