Shank (2009) Press Reviews

“Pearce whips a savvy script into a riveting tale of the highs and lows of a new techno generation who crave sensation at any cost. Undergirding this very authentic urban nightmare is a sense of British class violence dating back to Dickens.”
– David Lamble, Frameline 33 Film Festival.

“The director – a talented 21 year old with a bright future – bravely acknowledges with this slice of life drama that on Britain’s sovereign ring estates, boredom, anger and drug dealing only occasionally give way to ambition and love.”
– Justin Postlethwaite, FILMSTAR.

“21 year old British Director Simon Pearce has taken the bildungsroman, held it up against the wall and punched its face in!”
– P. Scott Cunningham, Miami New Times.

“‘Shank’ is exceptionally technically accomplished and directed with breezy confidence by 21 year old Simon Pearce, who makes excellent use of his Bristol locations.”
– Robin Askew, Venue Magazine.

“Handled with conviction & sophistication”
– Ben Walters, Sight & Sound.

“First time director Simon Pearce, at a mere 21 years of age, has produced a startling film that exposes the dingy underbelly of contemporary life in the UK. Explicit, raw and moving, “SHANK” lingers long after the credits have rolled.”
– Karen Rutter, Cape Times.

“The real revelation here is 21 year old director Pearce, who with his first film creates a fresh and provocative atmosphere that focuses on the characters while allowing us to feel the fierce, emotionally charged world they live in.”

“This is as exciting and urgent as street-level filmmaking gets!”
– Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall.

“The most thrilling, terrifying coming-out story you’ll have seen in years, welcoming debut director Simon Pearce and his team of unknown actors as explosive new talents.”
– Andrew Copestake, Gay Times.

“What’s even more impressive is that it comes care of such a young director, Simon Pearce, 21, who shows a surety and clear-headedness that many a seasoned pro would envy. This is a piece of work to be seriously proud of.”
– Stephen Beeny, Gaydar Nation.

Simon Pearce Reviews

May 2018

Simon’s Stephen King adaptation “I Am the Doorway” had its world premiere in London this month at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, where it received the Audience Award for Best Short Film! The LA premiere has also been announced and will take place at Screamfest in Hollywood, CA in October! For all the latest festival […]

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