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Cal (2013)

Unrated | | Drama | 24 May 2013 (USA)
Cal returns home to a city torn apart by rioting and rising youth unemployment and a mother dying in hospital.

Director:

Christian Martin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wayne Virgo Wayne Virgo ... Cal
Tom Payne Tom Payne ... Jason
Emily Corcoran ... Aunty Jane
Lucy Russell ... Cath Miller
Daniel Brocklebank ... Ivan
Bernie Hodges ... Jounalist - Phil Trope
Simon Cook Simon Cook ... Oncologist (rumored)
Richard Cambridge ... Jim
Garry Summers Garry Summers ... Radio Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Banham Tony Banham ... Policeman
Deborah Fleming Deborah Fleming ... Nurse
Anna Gallagher Anna Gallagher ... Ivan's Girlfriend
Tim J. Henley Tim J. Henley ... Chef
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Storyline

Cal returns to Britain after receiving news that his mother is ill in hospital. His finds that his home city is like many across Europe and the world, it's facing hard economic times and fallout from the global economic crisis, rioting and looting almost a nightly occurrence as youth unemployment inexorably rises. His Auntie Jane, who has taken up residence in their run down council house, dulls her stagnation with welfare funded booze and disturbing attempts to sexually gratify herself by trying to seduce him. Navigating his way across this new landscape he meets a young student who needs his helps. However his act of kindness brings him into contact with a lawless drug dealing pimp and a race against time to make peace with his mother and get out of town as quickly as possible. Written by C Martin

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Drama

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Official site | US Official Site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shank 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, England, UK See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The day before filming the director was arrested by a SWAT team of police for mistakenly handling guns and firearms. See more »

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Follows Shank (2009) See more »

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A refreshingly honest challenge to typical twinky gay cinema
13 January 2020 | by CelluRobSee all my reviews

This isn't as edgy as "Shank" but the really rather quality performances from both Wayne Virgo and Tom Payne engender a great deal more hope in this sequel. It is, however, a bit more contrived and less plausible - and so loses much of the potency built up as "Cal" comes to terms publicly with his sexuality and deals with a positivley homophobic sick mother and a drunken aunt. It is quite an addictive watch, but ultimately that hope I was hoping for doesn't materialise and the ending is really quite weak.


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