Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee (15)
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Tue Oct 6 2009Read our interview with Considine here
Shane Meadows and his actor friend Paddy Considine have been making cheap short films based on improvised characters such as Considine’s Le Donk – a self-obsessed roadie-turned-manager with a sinister edge – for years. But this is the first time they’ve spun a near-feature-length – but still low, low budget – effort from their between-film doodlings and it’s an endearing effort with enough heart to fill the gaps where the gags dry up or fall flat. They shot the whole thing in just five days around a real Arctic Monkeys gig at Old Trafford, where Le Donk takes his charge – real-life rapper Scor-Zay-Zee – to perform in a support slot and tries to hog the gig himself. Meadows directs in faux-doc mode and appears as himself, while Considine continues the volatile, vulnerable act – part macho man, part male loser – that drove his performances in ‘A Room for Romeo Brass’ and ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’. When Considine really gets going, he’s as funny as he’s ever been.
Author: Dave Calhoun