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Must Watch: First Trailer for Festival Favorite Prison Film 'Starred Up'

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January 24, 2014
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Starred Up

"This is how young offenders turn out..." Film4 has debuted the first official UK trailer for Starred Up, one of my favorite festival films of 2013. It's a prison drama about a father and son in the UK's hardcore penal system and it's awesome, with touches of Bronson, A Prophet and Short Term 12. Above all it features a phenomenal lead performances by young actor Jack O'Connell (seen above) and Ben Mendelsohn, both of whom get plenty of time in the footage shown here. This trailer is actually pretty damn good, building up the intensity perfectly to the end. Hopefully this convinces a lot of people to see it. Take a look!

Here's the first official UK trailer for David Mackenzie's Starred Up, direct from Film4's YouTube:

Starred Up, directed by British filmmaker David Mackenzie (Asylum, Mister Foe, Spread, Perfect Sense), stars Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, Place Beyond the Pines), and Rupert Friend. The screenplay is by Jonathan Asser, a psychotherapist that worked in the UK penal system, who won the Best British Newcomer Award at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival. The film is best described as a unique mix of Bronson + Hunger + Un Prophete + a bit of Short Term 12. This first premiered at the Telluride, Toronto & London Film Festivals late last year. Here's the first UK quad poster:

Starred Up Poster

Tribeca Film will be releasing David Mackenzie's Starred Up in the US sometime in the first half of the year, but no full release date is set yet. Read my thoughts here. Stay tuned for additional updates. Look good?

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