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Urban and The Shed Crew – Review ***

By Elisa Scubla on November 9, 2015@ElisaWSS


Based on the real-life story written by Bernard Hare, Urban and The Shed Crew is the perfect example of how a low budget film, shot entirely on location and using local cast and crew, can be more heartfelt and honest than its Hollywood counterpart. Writer/director Candida Brady explores the issue of children living at the margins of society with almost a documentary-like eye – having previously directed the documentary Trashed – and packs it with lots of charm without being over-sentimental. Seen through the child-eyes of protagonist Urban we witness some pretty grim realities which reminds us that these problems aren’t just the work of fiction but exist in our modern world.



Urban Grimshaw (Fraser Kelly) was born in prison; his mother Greta (Anna Friel) is a junkie; his father might as well be dead. Aged 11, Urban can’t read or write and his days are wasted hours infused with drugs and alcohol. His gang is a merry company of fellow care-home runaways, thieves and generally turbulent kids. Their future prospects seem bleak, until Urban introduces them to his new friend: Chop (Richard Armitage) a 37 year old, reckless ex-social worker. Chop will try his best to bring some normality back to the lives of Urban and his Shed Crew, but the harsh realities of the world may very well be against him.


The film is brilliantly acted by Anna Friel, Richard Armitage and Fraser Kelly, in his first feature role. The Kelly-Armitage duo is particularly good, with the debutant often stealing scenes from his more established co-star. Brady manages to capture an honest portrait of kids dealing with problems no one should have to face. However, despite the grimness of it all, the film is not without moments of humour, and the kids are far from passive victims – Chop mentions The Lord Of The Flies as an example of how incredibly cruel they can be to each other. The shady setting of Leeds, with the rundown estates and wastelands, perfectly encapsulates the film, for, under all the grit, there is also hope and beauty. The shed where Urban and his crew gather is a place of real wonder, perhaps the only place where we see the kids being kids – there is a truly beautiful scene in which Chop tells the story of King Arthur to the awestruck group. The cinematography by Peter Field also adds to the wondrous tone, with a constantly hazy-dull look, interspersed with vibrant colours here and there.



Despite all the humour and the lighter moments there is also a sense of overbearing catastrophe – the lives of these children are hanging by a thread. For some, their futures have already been decided the moment they were born and change is but a mirage. It’s a horrifying reality. Chop continually tries to shine a light upon their lives by being there for them, trying his hardest – other adult figures are entirely absent. This doesn’t mean that he is a saint. In fact, far from it. The beauty lies in the fact that, in order to survive, Urban needs Chop just as much as Chop needs him, so, when we see the man hit his lowest point, it’s the child’s influence that brings him back to his feet.


This otherwise charming film occasionally stumbles with a lagging pace, especially at the beginning. Some scenes seem to repeat themselves, taking away some of the tension. Yet Urban and The Shed Crew is a small but heartfelt film about a live and present problem in the UK and abroad. With strong performances throughout, this is a little film with a big heart.

Urban and the Shed Crew screened at the Leeds International Film Festival and is currently with a UK distributor. In the meantime you can visit the official website, and the charity Action for Children, which supported the film.

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Urban and the Shed Crew screened at the Leeds International Film Festival and is currently with a UK distributor.


Heißt das jetzt dass sie zumindest für UK einen distributor gefunden haben?? :hurra:


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Urban and the Shed Crew screened at the Leeds International Film Festival and is currently with a UK distributor.


Heißt das jetzt dass sie zumindest für UK einen distributor gefunden haben?? :hurra:

Als was fungieren den Blenheim Films? Nur als Produktionsfirma? :scratch:

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Ich habe keine Ahnung- diese Frage können wohl nur Insider beantworten.


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Diese ganzen Verknüpfungen sind mir bisweilen auch ein Rätsel - und bei UatSC sowieso und das ganze Procedere und so manche Vorgehensweise noch dazu. :roll: Aber Hauptsache der Film kommt in die Kinos. :daumen:

Danke für den Text, Link und Thread, Arianna. :kuss:

Sternetechnisch ist noch Platz nach oben, aber einen Fünf-Sterne-Regen hatte ich sowieso nicht erwartet.

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Correction: @UrbanATShedCrew is currently without a UK distributor. A transcription error suggested otherwise. Sorry http://critics-associated.com/urban-and ... ew-review/


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Ach, Mensch. Können sie nicht andere Fehler machen? :sigh2: :sigh2: :sigh2:

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Och nööööö!!!! :sigh2: :sigh2: :sigh2:
Aber nach dem Erfolg am Wochenende finden sie bestimmt irgendwie / irgendwas ...? :hoff:
(Auch wenn ich ehrlich gesagt überhaupt nicht verstehe, wo nun eigentlich das Problem liegt ...? Irgendwie scheint der Urban-Film in der Vermarktung / dem Vertrieb noch komplizierter zu sein als viele andere Filme ...?)

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In der 'North Leeds Life' vom Dezember 2015, S. 48f., gibt es eine schöne Review:

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Guys. Look at this review from North Leeds Life (2015) of @UrbanATShedCrew. "Masterful film adaptation" Dwnld PDF: https://www.mediafire.com/?c4368702q5zqa8q


https://twitter.com/mooseturds/status/838235734830088192

http://www.mediafire.com/file/c4368702q5zqa8q/2015leeds.pdf

@mooseturds: :thankyou:

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Danke, liebe Laudine,

für diesen herzerwärmenden Artikel! :danke1:

Nun spielt hier zwar sicher auch ein bisschen "Regionalstolz" mit, aber so präzise und liebevoll kann man m.E. nur Qualitäten eines Film beschreiben, die auch unabhängig davon existieren. :daumen:

Ich weiß, ich bin langweilig mit meinen ständigen Wiederholungen, aber ICH KANN WIRKLICH NICHT VERSTEHEN, wieso eine Bestsellerverfilmung mit Starbesetzung es nicht in die Kinos schafft - nirgendwo!!! :nooo: Bild

... "a bone dry northern wit" - sicher vom Papa geerbt ... :mrgreen: ... möchte ich zuuu gern sehen (und hören!)! :heartthrow:

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Ich weiß, ich bin langweilig mit meinen ständigen Wiederholungen, aber ICH KANN WIRKLICH NICHT VERSTEHEN, wieso eine Bestsellerverfilmung mit Starbesetzung es nicht in die Kinos schafft - nirgendwo!!! :nooo: Bild

... "a bone dry northern wit" - sicher vom Papa geerbt ... :mrgreen: ... möchte ich zuuu gern sehen (und hören!)! :heartthrow:


Ganz und gar nicht langweilig, liebe Titania :kuss:
Meine kleine Hoffnung ist ja, dass der Film igendwann im englischen TV gezeigt wird und dann auf DVD erscheint :hoff:

@Laudine: :dankeschön: für den Artikel. Es ist doch schön hin und wieder was von dem Projekt zu hören. Auch wenn es schon länger her ist mit der Zeitung


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Ganz und gar nicht langweilig, liebe Titania :kuss:

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Meine kleine Hoffnung ist ja, dass der Film igendwann im englischen TV gezeigt wird und dann auf DVD erscheint :hoff:

*tränenwegwisch* Ja, das klingt gut ... irgendwie realistisch ... aber WAANNNNNN! :cry2: ;)

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Ein Film zum richtigen Zeitpunkt - mit drei Jahren Verspätung:

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URBAN AND THE SHED CREW: Another Win For Female Filmmakers

With 30% of British children living in poverty, director Candida Brady's film couldn't be timelier, depicting the harsh realities of young Britons' lives with an unapologetic sincerity.


May 25, 2018
Amyana Bartley


“Ya can’t let kids go hungry and uncared for without one day reapin’ a whirlwind”. An all-encompassing line, spoken by Chop (Richard Armitage), that resonates, not just for the abandoned children of Leeds, but for forgotten children worldwide. Urban and the Shed Crew is a film that deals with one of the harsh, depressive realities of our world, using compassion and warmth at its center.

The Casualties of a Broken System

A 2017 article revealed that child poverty in the UK had hit it’s highest point since the 2008 financial crisis. Due, in part, to the lack of mental health awareness, addiction treatment and, with the dubious policies of the prevailing, conservative, Tory Party, child poverty looks to continue worsening if something isn’t changed.

Based on Bernard Hare’s (aka “Chop”) memoir of real-life people, the story is set in 1990’s Leeds, Yorkshire. Urban Grimshaw, (Fraser Kelly) is an 11-year-old runaway of a drug-addicted mother, Greta (Anna Friel). Living in a rough, run-down part of the city, Urban is just one of many throwaway kids roaming the streets. Unable to even read or write, he spends most of his time with “The Shed Crew”, a band of feisty runaways who spend much of their time “off their heads” on drugs and alcohol.

In Urban’s short lifetime he’s been in eight orphanages and six foster homes. Though Greta struggles to keep Urban and her five other children at home, her addictions are much too strong an adversary for her to beat. Her life seems to take a turn for the better when she crosses paths with Chop.

Bernard “Chop” Hare is a down and out ex-social worker, entirely burnt out and run down by the system he once worked in. Emotionally scarred, he also has turned to heavy drinking and some drug use, struggling to find a glimmer of hope in the world he lives in. When he runs into Greta outside his apartment complex, he first fancies her and invites her in for some vodka and a “big pot of skunk”. She ends up telling him the trouble she’s having with the social workers and he agrees to help her get her kids back. After they all meet with the social workers, Chop decides to take Greta and her children in, hoping that this might be the redemption he’s seeking.

Hope In the Depths of Despair

Through Urban and his brother Frank (Charlie Heaton), Chop meets more of the Shed crew as they start to hang out at his flat and begins to realize the depths of the parentless, mostly fatherless, children roaming the streets. He teaches them about reading and writing, doing his best to lift them out of their hopeless situation, even for a short time. He also becomes a father figure to Urban, despite the impossible relationship with Greta. Through their bond, Urban starts to feel hope in finally having a semi-responsible parent figure in his life.

Though Urban’s situation living with Chop is far from perfect, it becomes a semblance of home. Director and co-writer Candida Brady made the decision to focus on the love and hope embedded in the story, instead of focusing on the anger, depression and despair of addiction and poverty. Through this angle, we are gifted with glimpses into the soft sides of the main characters, missing in most films of this kind.

We see the innocent boy in the jaded, hardened Urban; the soft, caring and broken sides of a benumbed, disheartened Chop; and the sadness and struggles with shame, failure and hopelessness in Greta. This adds multiple layers of depth to the film, and coupled with bouts of humor, it makes the subject matter both easier and more interesting to watch. As a result, there is beauty to be found amidst the heaviness of the topic, and oppressive filth and harshness of the reality.

The acting from the three main characters is nothing short of excellent. Friel‘s delivery of an uneducated, down on her luck addict is PHE-NOM-E-NAL. There wasn’t a single point in the film that I did not believe she wasn’t the real thing. I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a better performance of an addicted mother; the difficulty of pulling off drunk or high convincingly is no small feat in the acting world. Plus, the ever-present agitation and insecurity, found in most addicts. was a constant companion in all of her interactions. Friel deserves every award and accolade possible for this depiction.

In what looks to be his first film, Fraser Kelly pulls off the unpredictable Urban flawlessly. Even with all of the swearing and obscene gestures the kids render, he still projects the preciousness of a child the audience will sympathize with. He delivers an authenticity and honesty not seen in many grown actors. He makes Urban a character to root for and also elicits heartbreak in all the right places. Kelly navigates a multifaceted character, with an extremely difficult life and the relationships with Friel and Armitage‘s characters, seamlessly.

There is also a heartfelt bond between Fraser and Armitage, crucial to the characters. Armitage portrays a character, expected to be asperous and callous, with a delicate grace, even though he’s dirty and disheveled throughout. Chop’s struggle to do the right thing, while also protecting himself, is palpable. We see and feel Chop’s hesitance to become emotionally involved. Armitage‘s sensitivity with the role allows us to see a side of Chop that we’d never know without.

In a world where men are chastised for displaying compassion, it was refreshing to see. Armitage flourishes in roles such as these, and it’s always nice to see the heart of an actor rather than the facade of someone else’s expectations. Any performance and script are at their best when drenched in truth and honesty.


That’s where the importance of female directors and filmmakers plays in. Women are “allowed” to feel more and express more emotions in society. We are seen as the nurturers and caretakers. Though we are chastised as weaker for this, it actually takes more courage to feel than to not. I’ve noticed huge differences in how a story is handled between a male versus a female filmmaker. Though the world is big enough to share stories between them, the overwhelming majority are still male made, because the men who run this business deem women unable to “handle” tough stories. But the truth is just the opposite.

If Guy Ritchie would’ve made Urban, I think we would have missed out on a whole bunch of beautiful nuances that Brady brings. From the trailer, I expected to see a fast-moving, “Ritchie-esque” depiction of hardened lads acting out in laughable, unemotional antics without much consequence. Instead, we saw the same hard character types, coupled with the reasons why they act out in the way they do. Pain, abandonment, poverty, failure and hopelessness create lives of desperation and unscrupulous behaviors. Film is an emotional medium tailor-made for those in touch with their feelings. Therefore, it’s insanity not to have female filmmakers.

Urban and the Shed Crew takes place in the nineties, but childhood poverty isn’t any better now. More than 30% of children in the UK; nearly half in the US and a billion children worldwide live in or below poverty. Children in poverty are susceptible to a whole host of tragedies and crimes that most children aren’t. Runaway or abandoned children in the developed world deal with assault, prostitution and trafficking, on top of the lack of education, hunger and addiction they face.

The problems for children in underdeveloped countries are even worse. In addition to all of the above, these children face higher rates of HIV; diseases contracted from lack of basic sanitation and clean water; child marriage; malaria-spreading mosquitoes; child labor, and higher death rates for children under five. To call child poverty an epidemic would be an understatement.

Urban and the Shed Crew: Conclusion

Urban and The Shed Crew stands as it is with unapologetic sincerity. It is real; it is human; it is unfortunate society and it is truth. Like life, it has consequences we don’t want, yet it leaves a window open for the possibilities we all hope for.

The filmmakers have teamed up with the organization Action For Children: just one of the many charities receiving proceeds from this film. While we push toward change in our governments, it is on the backs of passionate individuals and non-profit organizations to step in where politics won’t. The day to day heroes, who are never glorified in the press, are the ones we owe our gratitude to. With films like Urban and The Shed Crew and her documentary Trashed, Brady is one of those people, using her creativity and resources to make a difference.

When film uses its reach to bring attention to topics of worldwide concern, miracles can happen. Imagine the possibilities if mainstream film was valiant enough to use its colossal platform for the collective good.

Urban and the Shed Crew is available to rent/stream here. Donate to Action For Children UK here.


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Ach ja, das klingt so gut.
Wenn doch nur irgendwann die DVD erschiene... :roll:
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Ja, auf die DVD warte ich auch sehnsüchtig. Ich kann es nicht verstehen, warum es so schwer ist, diese Scheiben herzustellen.
Hat eigentlich schon jemand den Film über den Stream gesehen? Ich finde auf der Seite von Blenheim Films keine Info über Bezahlmöglichkeiten, die Verfügbarkeit außerhalb von UK oder Untertitel :nix:


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