Sket – the urban patois for “prostitute” – will explore the culture of girl gangs in East London from an insider’s point of view, it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. For added authenticity, the Damilola Taylor Trust is enlisting real-life female gang members for workshops, who will work with Sket’s filmmakers on its script and music. Some will be selected to star in the drama.
There have been a number of recent film successes which captured male-on-male violence and boy gangs: Noel Clarke’s edgy urban dramas, Kidulthood and Adulthood, about the lives of young gangsters in West London, became critically acclaimed for their gritty realism, while Saul Dibb’s Bullet Boy focused on male gun culture and starred So Solid Crew’s Asher D.
Gunslinger is using workshops, coordinated with the Damilola Taylor Trust, of former gang members to develop Sket.
This urban thriller, focusing on violence among girls, is to be made by Gunslinger, the production arm of Revolver Entertainment, which distributed Clarke’s Kidulthood, as well as David Baddiel’s controversial religious comedy, The Infidel.
Filmmakers have sought the help of those violent figures whose sub-culture it seeks to expose. A number of girl gang members are to be consulted for key elements of the drama, with writing and music credits as well as meaty acting parts promised to the young contributors.
Sket is an East London-set retribution thriller – a teenage girl joins a gang to get revenge on a rival gang that attacked her brother, but then she finds it hard to leave. Writer/director Nirpal Bhogal previously made short film Cold Kiss starring Ray Winstone. Taussig will produce.
Bhogal’s last film, Cold Kiss, was made in the hope of reducing reduce knife crime — in memory of Harry Potter actor Rob Knox, stabbed to death last year.
Stab victim Rob Knox, 18, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, was murdered outside Metro Bar, Sidcup, in May last year by Karl Bishop, 22. His death came just weeks before the teenager, of London Road, Swanley, was given a posthumous award for bravery after helping police catch a violent attacker at Marks and Spencer in Bluewater Shopping Centre, where he worked part-time.