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11 February

White Boy Rick

Dir. Yann Demange | USA 2018| 111 min | 15
Set in a depressed 1980s Detroit, in an America embarking on a war against drugs, White Boy Rick follows the true story of Ricky Wershe Jr., a teenaged drug informant turned dealer, moving, and sometimes fumbling, between both sides of the law.
In the Wershe's blue-collar home, Richard Sr. dreams of opening a chain of video stores, but makes his living as a licenced gun dealer - with a side business manufacturing illegal silencers. His affable son, Rick Jr., shares his entrepreneurial spirit. Tasked with selling guns to local drug dealers, Rick Jr. gets a taste for their lifestyle. When federal agents get a hold of him, he is forced into a risky web of lies and deceit.
Yann Demange flexes his directorial muscles in his second feature, with a Scorsese-esque sensibility and a killer soundtrack, and featuring a breakthrough performance by Merritt as the lead. White Boy Rick is an affecting and intelligent cautionary tale about the consequences of people and governments seeking simple solutions to complex problems. 
Tickets: £7.75/£6.00 (inc. Poly Fund)


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