Sunday, 25 February, 3:30 pm
Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall

scrapper posterThis vibrant and inventive father-daughter comedy follows Georgie (Lola Campbell), a resourceful 12-year-old girl who secretly lives alone in her flat in a working class suburb of London following the death of her mother. She makes money stealing bikes with her best friend Ali (Alin Uzun) and keeps the social workers off her back by pretending to live with an uncle. Out of nowhere, her estranged father Jason (Harris Dickinson; Triangle of Sadness, Beach Rats) arrives and forces her to confront reality. Uninterested in this sudden new parental figure, Georgie is stubbornly resistant to his efforts. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Georgie and Jason find that they both still have a lot of growing up to do.

Cast: Lola Campbell, Alin Uzun, Harris Dickinson, Ambreen Razia
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Original Language: English
Director: Charlotte Regan
Writer: Charlotte Regan
Runtime: 1h 24m
Rating: PG


by Chris Greenwood

SCRAPPER created a real buzz at Sundance this year. Sundance is all about films that bring a freshness to big screen tales. Running at 84 minutes, and telling the story of a 12 year old girl living without care or love, might seem like serious business. It's the intelligent manner with which first time feature writer/director Charlotte Reagan handles that business that impresses.

scrapper1 450Our scrapper is Georgie (Lola Campbell). She lives in a yellow semi- detached unit somewhere on the outskirts of East London. We meet her not long after her loving mother has passed away. There is no father on the scene, and get this, Georgie cares for herself. It's all pretty fanciful I know, but this is where Regan convinces us that a resourceful girl like Georgie could exist. But there is something missing: love.  Love is definitely the resource Georgie will not be able to survive without. Enter Jason (Harris Dickinson), her father.

Director, Reagan, could be a Ken Loach devotee with an optimistic vision of the naturalistic style. Loach often does leave us with hope, but Reagan strikes a chord using humour, laced with short interludes of fantasy. We know the hope and love for Georgie turns up in the form of Jason. He's too likeable to let us and Georgie down with something like an addiction but: Why did he run away as a teenage dad?  Why is he back? Is he ready for this responsibility?

It's these loose ends that are tied up wonderfully by Reagan. A 29 year old director who, herself, was brought up by her Nan in a working class borough similar to that of Georgie's.  SCRAPPER reeks of a personal story. Georgie and Jason never outstay their welcome. Reagan leaves us in the sort of place she herself has been left, as she follows her dreams.