Gritty London dramas are typically hooked to football hooliganism, racial tension or gang violence, but not “Turnout”: The not-so-gripping dilemma facing its protag is how to hide from his g.f. the fact he’s used their vacation cash to fund a drug deal. Nice perfs from leads George Russo and rising starlet Ophelia Lovibond are pluses, as is authentic-sounding dialogue by Russo, fellow actor Francis Pope and director Lee Sales. But minus action or thrills, this low-key pic looks unlikely to score theatrically.Sales’ debut feature offers a cautionary tale for modern living: If you need to make a quick buck splitting an ounce of cocaine into single-gram wraps, do not sell them on credit to your loser buddies. Also, do not attempt to deal drugs while high on MDMA. Such lessons are learned the hard way by George (Russo), whose amiable nature wins some audience empathy, but not necessarily enough to create a rooting interest for his relationship with long-suffering Sophie (Lovibond), whose career in London’s financial district is at odds with his feckless lifestyle. A brief cameo from Ben Drew, aka music artist Plan B, reps a marketing asset.
A Revolver Entertainment release of a DP Films and Fulwell 73 production. (International sales: Fulwell 73, London.) Produced by Nick Barratt, Danny Potts. Executive producers, Leo Pearlman, Francis Pope, Chris Gilder. Co-producers, Gerry Toomey, Neil Maskell. Directed by Lee Sales. Screenplay, Sales, George Russo, Francis Pope.
Camera (color, HD) James Friend; editor, Kieron Hawkes; music supervisor, Vicki Williams; production designers, Danny Rogers, Celina Norris; art director, Lisa Whetmore; costume designer, Frances Hounsom. Reviewed at Revolver, London, Sept. 1, 2011. Running time: 100 MIN.
George Russo, Ophelia Lovibond, Francis Pope, Neil Maskell, Ricci Harnett, Peter Ferdinando, Neil Large, Kyle Summercorn, Zara Dawson, Sonny Muslim, Annie Cooper, Mieke Dockley, Ben Drew.