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Somers Town is a sweet and funny anti-racist tale

by Candy Udwin
Issue No. 2116

Shane Meadows' latest award-winning film is a sweet and funny story of how two teenagers, both outsiders, befriend each other.

One boy is from Poland – his dad works building the new Eurostar at St Pancras. The other has left home in Nottingham and arrives by train at the station.

They bond through their shared infatuation for the French waitress in the local cafe.

Somers Town, my home patch, is filmed in black and white. The film shows the beauty in the area, which has some of the oldest, densest council housing in London, as well as a grim lack of facilities.

The desolation is all the more stark next to the gleaming new station, both on film and in reality.

I watched this film at a showing for people in Somers Town. There was cheering when the local pub appeared, but disappointment that although the buildings might feature, local people didn't.

The film was made in an amazing ten days. Unfortunately it has some failings. Not least of these is that it is evident that it was paid for by Eurostar, which appears in unbelievable technicolour as both a benevolent employer and as part of a happy ending.

But advert aside, the humanity of the two kids shines through a pleasant, anti-racist tale.

Somers Town directed by Shane Meadows is in cinemas now

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Tue 26 Aug 2008, 20:58 BST
Issue No. 2116
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