WILD FILM 2023 I 84 min I United Kingdom
Following her mother’s death, a resourceful 12-year-old girl, Georgie (Lola Campbell), continues to live alone in their London-outskirts flat. She makes money stealing bikes with her friend, Ali (Alin Uzun), and keeps the social workers off her back by pretending to live with an uncle. It works like a charm until Jason (Harris Dickinson) shows up. Apparently, he’s her father – so long estranged that she doesn’t recognize him. Sizing him up as a rubbish dad (absent, messy, can’t cook), Georgie wonders why he’s suddenly taking an interest; especially when she’s doing just fine on her own, thank you very much.
The spirit, humor, and formal inventiveness that ripples through Scrapper sets it apart from much of British working-class cinema. A music video director since her teen years, Charlotte Regan pulls flavors from the world she grew up in to fashion a vibrant, joyful, imaginative story – full of flourish, aesthetic energy, and even talking spiders. Dickinson and newcomer Campbell bring a magical quality to this father-daughter story of two emotionally tangled people: a grieving kid thrust into adulthood and father in over his head.
Charlotte is a filmmaker from London who grew up making low budget music promos for local rappers and has created over 200 to date. Her first short film, STANDBY premiered at TIFF and went on to be nominated for a BAFTA and win a Sundance Award. Her second short FRY-UP screened at BFI LFF, Sundance and Berlinale, and her third short DODGY DAVE played at TIFF and BFI LFF. Charlotte is currently in post on her first feature SCRAPPER, developed with BBC Film/BFI and with DMC Film producing. She is a Sundance Ignite Fellow, a BFI Future Film and New Talent award winner and was named as a 2020 Screen International Star of Tomorrow.
Film screening at the LIFFE festival
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