This one deserves a bit of chat – it’s from Shooters, a 2001 film made by Dan Reed. It’s essentially a drama, but the project had its basis in the director wanting to make a documentary about gangsters in Liverpool… Except perhaps unsurprisingly not even Scouse hoods are so stupid as to go on camera and talk about their daily ‘working’ lives. So Reed ended up recruiting what might be described as ‘local characters’ to improvise a piece of fiction based on what goes on in Merkeyside’s criminal subculture. It’s pretty darn good, up there with Penny Woolcock‘s Tina series for films that use non-professional actors. And no, it doesn’t glamorise the gangster lifestyle – we’re talking roid raging, coke-addled, mostly unlikeable idiots here.
This scene is the nauseous aftermath of a shooting carried out by a motley crew of drugdealing doormen. Not exactly Lock, Stock, is it?