I wasn’t sure what to expect when watching K-Shop, the feature film debut by writer/director Dan Pringle.I first heard of K-Shop whilst checking out the up and coming projects of actor Scot Williams (Hard Boiled Sweets, The Crew, Redirected) and of the three films Scot featured in this year, one of those was K-Shop, Scot Williams plays Jason Brown in K-Shop, a local businessmen who crosses paths with Salah, the son of a kebab shop owner who finds himself unleashing his frustration at the drunken, drug taking, loutish section of the public who seem to do nothing more than drink themselves to death and behave in the worst possible way mainly on weekends but not restricted to this nights. (Real footage of drunks and bad behavior actually feature in this film) Whilst the film is set in the UK town of Bournemouth, the scenes we see of the drunken, vomiting, bad mannered public can be seen in almost every city in the country.
So, what is so special about K-Shop? Well pretty much everything. From its original storyline (although you feel its of course inspired a little bit by Sweeney Todd) taking into Salahs world, where the loss of his Father takes it toll on the hard working ‘student’ and begins to spiral him into insanity. Whilst I went into this film being happy that Scot Williams will be onscreen. The major focus of this film is Salah, excellently played by Ziad Abaza (The Brother) who not only has this great likability onscreen but who gets our sympathy, our understanding and we do worry about where he is headed within K-Shop. Scot Williams is of course (as always) on top form and the scenes he shares with Ziad are golden. If I had to put a critique in here, Id say we need more Scot Williams scenes, but the storyline didn’t need it and Ziad definitely takes center stage in the film.The supporting cast also do a top notch job and it was great to see familiar names and faces such as Reece Noi (Waterloo Road), Ewan MacIntosh (The Office), Sean Cernow (Screwed) and Lucinda Rhodes-Thakrar (No Reasons,Death Walks) all in lovely roles.
One thing that did make me nervous before I saw the film was just how gory this film would be. I don’t mind gore if its relevant to the story unfolding before my eyes, but I’m not a fan of blood and guts for the sake of showing it. I had nothing to worry about with K-Shop, yes the film does have its brutal scenes, but they are totally relevant and well handled From the moment the film starts, we know what sort of film this would be and for me it was a great surprise. K-Shop isnt a blood fest. K-Shop is a very well thought out storyline feature people we have all seen, and it most certainly makes you ponder just how things could go if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person, if you fire out a flippant comment to someone in a shop, or the street. Its also the sort of film that might make you think three times before you order a kebab from your local takeaway. I for one think I might skip kebabs for a while and stick to sandwiches made by my own cooking skills.
I cant recommend K-Shop highly enough, its a wonderful film that hopefully a lot of people are watching. Its part horror film, part social drama, but it all adds up to be a great way to spend a couple of hours. To see a great cast, and crew work hard to bring film fans like myself, perhaps one of the best films to come from the UK this year.
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