Shortly after witnessing a brutal beating, Skunk’s home, neighbourhood, and school become treacherous environments, where the happy certainties of childhood give way to danger; her innocence is rapidly worn away and a harsh world fills her future, over which she has no control. When Skunk finally seeks solace in an unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick, she is faced with the greatest choice of all.

Director's Statement

What drew me most to this beautiful and incredibly moving story was a two-fold challenge: to capture the essence of this open, vital child whilst having compassion for all the adults who in their separate ways manage to fail her; and to draw an unsentimental and total celebration of life from a seemingly tragic place.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Rufus Norris

Written by: Mark O’Rowe

Produced by: Dixie Linder, Tally Garner, Nick Marston, Bill Kenwright

Cinematography: Rob Hardy

Editing: Victoria Boydell

Production Design: Kave Quinn

Original Score: Electric Wave Bureau

Actor: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Eloise Laurence

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2012