From the acclaimed team that brought you the hit gay drama Shank Release is an explosive drama about violence abuse and budding love behind walls of a hellish prison. After finding himself locked-up for a serious crime young priest Jack (Daniel Brocklebank) struggles to adapt to life in an increasingly volitile prison replete with corrupt guards and a vulnerable cellmate (Wayne Virgo from Shank). However when he meets guard Martin (Garry Summers) a passionate but clandestine affair develops and he gets a new lease of life. Both men's dreams of escaping together are threatened as tensions rise and battle lines are drawn and soon their very survival becomes paramount. More visceral and gut-wrenching than most gay cinema in recent memory Release's unflinching exploration of justice retribution repression religion and love is an example of British cinema at its most refreshing controversial and exciting.
Set in the economically depressed austerity Britain of today, Cal is a startlingly powerful drama and the follow-up to the hit 2009 film, Shank. Twenty-year-old Cal returns from France to Britain after receiving news that his mother is ill. His finds his home city of Bristol facing hard economic times brought on by the global economic crisis, with poverty and crime on the rise and rioting and looting almost a nightly occurrence. It's not a warm homecoming as his sick mother remains stubbornly homophobic and wants nothing to do with the now openly gay Cal while his alcoholic and manic Auntie Jane, now living in a rundown council house, dulls her stagnation with welfare funded booze and disturbing attempts to sexually seduce her nephew. Navigating his way across this new landscape he meets a young student who needs his help. However his act of kindness brings him into contact with a lawless drug dealing pimp and a race against time to make peace with his mother and get out of town as quickly as possible. An intense tale of a family mired in poverty, angry and lost but still searching for love, respect and acceptance.
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