English actor-turned-filmmaker Paul Andrew Williams made a striking writing and directing debut with this character-driven thriller, which plays out against a backdrop of desperation, self-loathing and grinding poverty.
It begins at 3 am, with a clatter of heels and a crashing door. Battered prostitute Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) and 11-year-old runaway Joanne (Georgia Groome) burst into a public toilet and bar the door. Both are terrified, but Kelly is planning: They need to stay out of sight and get out of London; if she can earn some quick cash, they can catch a train to Brighton on the sea, where she has friends. The furies on their heels are Kelly's pimp, ...