AN EVERYDAY ACT
With one terrible act, twelve year old Eric leaves his childhood behind in a bid to help his family survive.
“It is very difficult to write about An Everyday Act without giving an obvious spoiler, the film’s power relying on a knotty plot it’s best not to untangle before watching. Its director Scott-Whitfield is originally from a journalistic background and came to filmmaking slightly later in life, with his first short made in 2015. Having grown up in Thatcher’s ‘80s, experiencing a Liverpool in economic decline with high unemployment, this social deprivation informs his filmmaking, focussing on underbellies and outcasts while being fiercely political. Scott-Whitfield continues the tradition of an angry Northern socialist realism in his work, with parallels here to Jim Allen, the late playwright and close collaborator of Ken Loach.”
— Philip Ilson