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:: Purely Belter

Gerry and Sewell are teenage kids who believe the university of life is so much more worthwhile than school. They are best mates, life is tough and there seems little meaning to it apart from avoiding your drunkard dad and seeing what you can get away with. Little meaning that is apart from following Newcastle FC and the prize of all prizes - season tickets. Only hurdle…500 quid. This is pretty hard for any teenager to get their hands on but two kids from broken families growing up poor in the North East – next to impossible. They are enterprising and the two of them make a nifty shoplifting duo, it seems that they may achieve their goal but trying is the important thing and meaning is what they need most.
There are some brilliant performances by the adult cast. Charlie Hardwick who, in a moment of silent fag smoking, powerfully hits the audience with the tragedy of her life plays Gerry’s Mam. His abusive, alcoholic Dad (Tim Healy) does not take the easy way out he leaves the audience with no doubt that he is without redeeming qualities.
But something doesn’t quite work here. We are left on a bridge between sentimentality and realism. Storylines are started and dropped. We wonder why characters are introduced and never to be followed through. Maybe there was too much that was good in the book and the adaptation couldn’t decide what to let go of? Maybe the decision to push the political was wrong? Whatever it is the film feels unfinished and ultimately unsatisfying. But if you think you don’t like films about footy this one could surprise you, somewhere in there is the potential for a great film.

Screening at the Kino Cinemas and the Rivoli Cinemas