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UK 2000
Directed by
Danny Boyle
72 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
2 stars


A made-for-TV companion piece to Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, Strumpet, similarly scripted by Jim Cartwright and shot in digital format by Anthony Dod Mantle, is by far the less successful of the two films.

The story concerns two characters an angry street poet, Strayman (Christopher Eccleston) and Strumpet (Jenna Gee), a guitar playing punk who he saves from being raped by a truck driver. When Strayman’s neighbour, Knockoff (Stephen Walters), offers to manage the grungy pair as performers, the three drive south to London to meet a record producer.

Whilst stylistically the film shares much with its companion piece it lacks that film’s strong central character and Spall’s over-the-top realization of him. What remains has the same surreality and mordant humour but also amounts to little more than a lot of drink-and-drug addled meandering.




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