“Forget the Arctic Monkeys. This documentary paints a much more interesting picture of the darker side of Sheffield life.”
“One of the highlights of the International Documentary Festival 2006.”
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“The team behind the award-winning 1995 documentary Tales From A Hard City, director Kim Flitcroft and producer Alex Usbourne, have returned to that film’s core themes for their latest collaboration, the more succinctly titled Fucking Sheffield.
Rather than look at the city as a whole, Flitcroft has opted for a more personal approach, focusing on the lives of four ordinary working class Sheffielders, each facing different obstacles in their lives and careers. Mick is an unemployed heroin addict who dreams of resuscitating his old Vespa scooter for one last trip to Cleethorpes. Cassi is a pregnant lapdancer, facing something of a career crossroads, with aspirations of a career in the music business. Stevlor is a photographer working on a book of pseudo-arty shots which he hopes will enhance the reputation of Sheffield’s female population. And Glen, who appeared as a car thief and heroin addict in Tales From A Hard City, is now grown up, clean, and looking for work.
Fortunately, two of the four characters came good, with Stevlor providing comedy and seediness in equal measures and Mick stealing the show, selling his laminate flooring for a fix, and spending a considerable chunk of his weekly budget on stickers for his beloved Vespa. For all his failings along the way, his stuttering journey towards getting a methadone script and reviving the fortunes of his scooter is a truly heartwarming one, and certainly the main reason behind this film’s success.”
Independent Film & Music Magazine
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