Donna’s Take On The Violators

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By Donna Darling.

The Violators is a thought provoking British drama, set on a Northern estate, which looks at the different relationships 15 year old Shelly has (convincingly played by Laura McQueen). She’s forced to be more mature than her years in many ways; for example, looking after her younger brother Liam (newcomer Callum King Chadwick). However, her naivety and vulnerability still shows through in other scenarios. The viewer is a fly on the wall as she lives each day facing different violations, some more obvious than others, with each person she encounters.

Due to the issues that she’s faced in her past, when her neighbor Kieran (Liam Ainsworth) shows genuine goodwill towards her, she initially treats him with contempt.

She assumes that he too just wants something from her. As each day passes we watch Shelley’s life unfold. From the responses she has to people in her life, like Rachel (Brogan Ellis), who tries to befriend her out of the blue, to the powerful reaction she has just at the mention of her Father’s name.



This is a realistic drama, not just the characters but also the industrial Northern setting. Issues are raised that, unfortunately in reality, some teenagers are forced to face on their own. A great directorial debut from Helen Walsh, who also wrote this film.

The DVD is released on 25th July.


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