Sus (15)

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Time Out says

Tue May 4 2010

With the election looming, ’80s anti-fascist demonstrations back in the news and controversy over stop-and-search still raging, the release of ‘Sus’ is auspicious. Based on Barrie Keefe’s 1979 stage play, this claustrophobic, intense three-hander was inspired by the late ’70s law that gave police officers the right to detain on suspicion anyone they saw fit, usually young black men. Betraying its theatrical origins, the film takes place in a single police interview room on election night, as thuggish Thatcherite cops Karn (Ralph Brown) and Wilby (Rafe Spall) attempt, by any means, to extract a confession from unemployed labourer Delroy (Clint Dyer) following the unexplained death of his wife. It’s morally one-sided and the dialogue and acting tends towards the mannered and overblown – Spall in particular comes off like a ‘Fast Show’ bad-cop parody at times. But overall this is a well structured, emotionally rigorous piece of filmmaking, and a timely reminder of the dangers of unchecked police power.
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15

UK release:

Fri May 7, 2010

Duration:

96 mins

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Anand Prasad

I love films and the more indi or foreign the better. I am not eloquent but felt i had to write something about this film after seeing 2 star ratings in the radio Times and Guardian. I only watched because of Rafe Spall. I wasn't disappointed. I haven't seen such a good film for ages. Superb acting from all, superb script and amazing theme. I was stunned! In the beginning it was more like a play so slightly stylised but so what. I just prepared myself for a play. It didn't seem to last. Maybe this is what Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian didn't like.

Anand Prasad

I love films and the more indi or foreign the better. I am not eloquent but felt i had to write something about this film after seeing 2 star ratings in the radio Times and Guardian. I only watched because of Rafe Spall. I wasn't disappointed. I haven't seen such a good film for ages. Superb acting from all, superb script and amazing theme. I was stunned! In the beginning it was more like a play so slightly stylised but so what. I just prepared myself for a play. It didn't seem to last. Maybe this is what Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian didn't like.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Sus is a timely and dynamic piece of filmmaking from Rob Heath and is complimented by the acting performances of Clint Dyer, Ralph Brown and Rafe Spall who demand attention from the 1st minute of the film to the very last. Similar to Michael Caine's performance in the film Harry Brown, Sus reeks of authenticity, a realness about the British society and the moral fabric which truly exists whether it be 1979 or 2010. A film for our times indeed.

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Sus is a timely and dynamic piece of filmmaking from Rob Heath and is complimented by the acting performances of Clint Dyer, Ralph Brown and Rafe Spall who demand attention from the 1st minute of the film to the very last. Similar to Michael Caine's performance in the film Harry Brown, Sus reeks of authenticity, a realness about the British society and the moral fabric which truly exists whether it be 1979 or 2010. A film for our times indeed.

Lenboy

Saw this film at the preview, an incredible piece of drama. Saw the stage version at the Young Vic, with Clint Dyer. For those of us too young to remember the full impact SUS had on our communities, this is a timely reminder for the politicians courting the idea right now.

Lenboy

Saw this film at the preview, an incredible piece of drama. Saw the stage version at the Young Vic, with Clint Dyer. For those of us too young to remember the full impact SUS had on our communities, this is a timely reminder for the politicians courting the idea right now.

Eastender

I also saw the film at East London Film Festival. Fantastic film and extremely timely given the recent elections. Mr Cameron should go see it, among other people. The best independent film in a long time.

Eastender

I also saw the film at East London Film Festival. Fantastic film and extremely timely given the recent elections. Mr Cameron should go see it, among other people. The best independent film in a long time.

Frank Ross

Excellent review, one that I mostly agree with. However I felt that Ralph Brown deserves a special mention and Clint Dyer portrayed a victim in an incredible state of normality, therefore enhancing the dramatic power and intensity of what is an already disturbing experience.

Frank Ross

Excellent review, one that I mostly agree with. However I felt that Ralph Brown deserves a special mention and Clint Dyer portrayed a victim in an incredible state of normality, therefore enhancing the dramatic power and intensity of what is an already disturbing experience.

HoFuN

I saw this at the East London Film Festival last week and it is an unbelievably powerful film. Everyone was just blown away by it. It's amazing.

HoFuN

I saw this at the East London Film Festival last week and it is an unbelievably powerful film. Everyone was just blown away by it. It's amazing.