Sugarhouse

Three good actors get hijacked by a talky, pointless script in "Sugarhouse."

With:
With: Steven Mackintosh, Ashley Walters, Andy Serkis, Tolga Safer, Teddy Nygh, Adam Deacon, Tracy Whitwell.

Three good actors get hijacked by a talky, pointless script in “Sugarhouse,” an hour-and-a-half of cuss-heavy New British Brutalism set in a working-class nabe of East London. HD-lensed low-budgeter, centered on a crackhead, a local thug and a posh outsider, clearly shows its stage origins (scripter Dominic Leyton’s 2003 play “Collision”) in the wall-to-wall dialogue and limited locations, both of which quickly pall as the characters go nowhere. Pic got a limited release in Blighty Aug. 24, following its Edinburgh fest preem.

Tom (Steven Mackintosh), an apparently respectable, white middle-class accountant, meets D (Ashley Walters), a lame, black, motor-mouthed derelict, in the East London ‘burb of Dagenham. As D leads Tom to his open-air squat on a housing project, he gives him the verbal run-around on a gun Tom has agreed to buy. Meanwhile, local kingpin Hoodwink (Andy Serkis), a psychotic bruiser who lives with his scared pregnant g.f. (Tracy Whitwell), is after D for stealing his handgun, the same one D is supposedly selling Tom. Serkis and Waters both wildly overact, while Mackintosh is largely a milquetoast observer. Technical package is just OK, with no visual style.

— Derek Elley

Sugarhouse

U.K.

Production: A SlingShot Studios release and presentation, in association with BBC 4, of a SlingShot production, in association with Lunar Films, of a Wolf Committee film. (International sales: Moviehouse Entertainment, London.) Produced by Oliver Milburn, Michael Riley, Arvind Ethan David, Matthew Justice, Ben Dixon, Rachel Connors. Directed by Gary Love. Screenplay, Dominic Leyton, from his play "Collision."

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Dan Bronks; editor, Peter Davies; music, Michael Price; production designer, Caroline Story; costumes, Guy Speranza. Reviewed at Edinburgh Film Festival (British Gala), Aug. 22, 2007. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: With: Steven Mackintosh, Ashley Walters, Andy Serkis, Tolga Safer, Teddy Nygh, Adam Deacon, Tracy Whitwell.

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