I Am Urban (2015)

  • Year: 2015
  • Released: 07 Nov 2015
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Adwords: 2 wins
  • IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3590858/
  • Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_am_urban
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  • Available in: 720p, 1080p,
  • Language: English
  • MPA Rating: N/A
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Writer: Bernard Hare, Candida Brady, Tiffany Sharp
  • Director: Candida Brady
  • Cast: Fraser Kelly, Richard Armitage, Anna Friel
  • Keywords: social work, independent film,
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I Am Urban Storyline

Based on Bernard Hare’s Orwell-nominated memoir Urban and The Shed Crew. 11-year-old Urban’s been running away from care since he was 5 (6 care homes and 8 foster homes in 6 years); he’s Britain’s most runaway child…When he can’t find his mum, he sleeps rough on the streets, or in a shed with other runaways, The Shed Crew’. He’s never known a dad, just his mentally-ill addict mum Greta. So when she meets Chop, the first decent bloke they’ve ever known, Urban feels hope for the first time. For Chop, the once idealistic ex-social worker, it’s a chance of redemption. He takes in the broken family, helps Greta, teaches Urban and his brother Frank lessons in life. But the family’s new-found happiness is all too fleeting as Greta’s propensity to self-destruct proves too strong…leaving Urban to cope with the fallout the only way he knows.

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I Am Urban Movie Reviews

Excellent Film and Worthwhile Subject

Just watched today Urban and the Shed Crew, available now to stream through the Blenheim Films website. I had read Bernard Hare’s book some four years ago or so, and have been looking forward to finally seeing the film.

It was well worth the wait, what an excellent film, with very strong performances. I do caution that it is a heartbreaking film to watch, it will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. But it will also make you think about our social responsibilities, from our governments yes, but also from ourselves.

I’m in the US, and though the film is set in Leeds in the UK, it is just as relevant to what happens here in our cities, and everywhere really to young people, to children, in need of care and hope.

Very strong performances from the entire cast, including all the young actors involved in this film. Bravo to Richard Armitage as Chop and Anna Friel as Greta, and a double Bravo to young Fraser Kelly as Urban. Bravo to director Candida Brady.

I would recommend watching the film first and then reading Bernard Hare’s book, a true story. Mr. Hare is the real Chop.

This film really deserves to be seen.

Heartfelt story with great performances

Poignant and heartfelt film based on Bernard Hare’s memoir Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew. I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of this film and was not disappointed. Great performances by all, especially from Fraser Kelly and Richard Armitage, who play their roles with sensitivity. There are glimpses of pain and love beneath their hardened exteriors. Also, there were some really striking shots–kudos to the cinematographer.

Watched this on Blenheim Films’ site and thankful for Candida Brady’s persistence and passion to get this finally released to a global audience.

Urban and the Shed Crew…an uncomfortable but beautiful movie

In November 2015 Leeds International Film Festival 2015 hosted the up to now only public screening of a beautiful movie called “Urban and the Shed Crew”. The film isn’t beautiful because of it’s topic or the epic pictures in it. It’s beautiful because it shows what compassion and dedication are able to move in a world, that’s cold and turning away. It’s the world of Urban Grimshaw, a little boy who fell out of the society in Maggie Thatcher’s Great Britain. This film, picturing the autobiography of Bernard Hare with the same title is in parts uncomfortable to watch. It shows very realistically how Urban and his friends lived. But at the same time it carries so much sympathy for the characters, children and grown ups. It shows how bad life can get looking at Urban’s mother Greta. And it shows how unexpectedly unconventional the way out of that life for Urban and a bit as well for Chop (Bernard Hare) happened.

This is my very personal review about the premiere of the film: http://wp.me/p55723-k8c