Weekender

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Weekender
Sparky, knock-about performances by recognisable TV actors Jack O’Connell (‘Skins’) and Henry Lloyd-Hughes (‘The Inbetweeners’) spare the blushes in this run-of-the-mill Brit film about the early ’90s rave scene. The pair play best mates, a couple of likely lads putting on warehouse parties– breaking into abandoned factories and commandeering the services of a pirate radio DJ. Before long, the bin-liners of cash they’re taking on the door attract the attentions of a shady wide-boy drug dealer and local goons demanding protection money. It’s like a grown-up ‘Byker Grove’: one of the lads is a hedonistic scally; the other has got his head screwed on. A girl comes between them. Not for long. From the opening voiceover to the out-of-their-heads party scenes, it’s utterly generic. You could swap the smiley faces for CND badges, the ecstasy for acid, and it would all pass as the first summer of love.

By: Cath Clarke

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Director: Karl Golden
Cast: Jack O’Connell
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Emily Barclay
Tom Meeten
Ben Batt