The Violators - Director & Cast Q&A
Posted 27 June 2016
Helen Walsh's directorial debut filmed in Birkenhead
We are thrilled to host an exclusive screening of new film THE VIOLATORS - which was written and directed by the Wirral's Helen Walsh, and filmed entirely on location in Birkenhead.
The directorial debut of acclaimed writer Helen Walsh, who also wrote the film, follows her award-winning work on novels including best-sellers The Lemon Grove, Once Upon A Time In England and Brass. The cast is led by rising stars Lauren McQueen (The Mill, Ordinary Lies) and Brogan Ellis (Waterloo Road) alongside Stephen Lord (Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Route Irish), Liam Ainsworth (Kajaki), Derek Barr (Pride) and newcomer Callum King Chadwick.
Helen Walsh says:-
"I am excited that The Violators will be screened in its spiritual home. The entire film was shot in and around Birkenhead and the opening scene takes place in the penny arcade, just across the road from The Light Cinema. Just as my first novel Brass was a love letter to Liverpool, this is very much a love letter to beautiful Birkenhead, capturing the poetic brutality of a landscape on the cusp of change."
The one-off screening will take place on Thursday 30 June at 19:30 and will include Q&As after the screening with Helen Walsh and key cast members Lauren McQueen and Brogan Ellis.
After testifying against her abusive father, young Shelly finds herself rehoused on a sink estate she can barely call home. A petty thief, she spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities.
When she attracts the attention of estate loan shark and groomer Mikey Finnegan, Shelly finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel. As Shelly's relationship with Mikey develops, so does Rachel's fixation with Shelly. The shock-revelation that Shelly's father is to be given early parole forces her to make a decision that will alter the fates of all three of them forever. Set amid the desolate beauty of a post-industrial wasteland, The Violators is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls' sexuality.