The Violators + Director & Cast Q&A (15)


From the archive

This film was last shown on 30 June 2016

"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." - Helen Walsh (Director)

Written and directed by Helen Walsh, who penned the best selling novels Brass, Once Upon a Time in England and Go to Sleep, The Violators marks the directorial debut of the North-West author. 

When Shelly meets Rachel, two dysfunctional girls from radically opposed backgrounds set off on a collision course that will... leave one of them shattered, the other re-born. Set in the forsaken wastelands of Cheshire's little-seen urban overspill, The Violators charts a teenage girl's path from battle-hardened cynicism to the hope of a better life.

Set amid the desolate beauty of Birkenhead's post-industrial wasteland, The Violators is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls' sexuality.

We are excited to offer you the chance to attend a special screening on June 30th in which we will joined by writer/director Helen Walsh and two of the lead cast Lauren McQueen and Brogan Ellis for a Q&A following the screening.

Helen Walsh
101 minutes
Brogan Ellis, Callum King Chadwick, Derek Barr, Jennifer Hennesy, Lauren McQueen, Liam Ainsworth, Roxanne Pallett, Stephen Lord


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