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Piggy (18)


London, modern day: Joe, a mild mannered young man is bored by his life. When his beloved brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's old friends. Read more …

Piggy helps Joe to cope with grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing. As their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasing dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge.

The critical consensus

Judging by the gloomy atmosphere [writer-director Kieron Hawkes] and cinematographer James Friend conjure throughout, Hawkes has bags of technical talent. If only he’d applied it to a script where we cared about the characters.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 23/04/2012

Fluidly lensed and unsettling for an hour, writer/director Kieron Hawkes’ debut thins out badly in the final third, leaving the charismatic Anderson to prop it up.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Crocker, Total Film, 01/05/2012

Piggy, free to enact the grisly retribution that Joe's incapable of, could be a Durden-esque alter ego (Anderson plays him with a similar swagger) – but between the beating and the stamping on heads, we're not given much time to decide.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Barnes, The Guardian, 03/05/2012

Grim and grittily violent, the film is rich in atmosphere by taking in the seediness of London’s back streets but, alas, offers little in the way of surprises in the plot department.

**(*)(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 04/05/2012

Capable but monotonous, it ends with a predictable twist that has a distinguished literary lineage.

Philip French, The Observer, 06/05/2012

Features about Piggy (18)

Martin Compston talks about taking dark turn in Piggy

STV, 05/05/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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