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Strumpet [DVD]

Christopher Eccleston    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Eccleston
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENV54I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,049 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danny Boyle directs Christopher Eccleston in this off-beat drama. Eccleston plays Strayman, a so-called 'spontaneous poet' who looks after a large pack of stray dogs. When he meets a shy homeless girl called Strumpet (Genna G), he's impressed enough by her musical gifts to accompany her, along with all Strayman's dogs and his eccentric neighbour, down to London in search of fame and fortune - and a place on Top of the Pops.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: British filmmaker Danny Boyle offers a darkly comic glimpse of life in Britain in this short feature (shot on digital video equipment) produced for the BBC. In Strumpet, Jenna Gee plays the title character, a young woman who plays guitar in a punk rock band. One day, Strumpet is sexually assaulted by a lunatic truck driver, but she's rescued at the last minute by Strayman (Christopher Eccleston), an eccentric street poet. Strayman takes the shaken Strumpet back to his apartment (where his verse is scrawled all over the walls), and the two get to know each other. Before long, a relationship has developed between them, and Strumpet begins adding guitar accompaniment to Strayman's ranting verse. Knockoff (Stephen Walters), one of Strayman's neighbors, overhears them improvising and thinks they may have commercial potential; he offers to become their manager, and sets out to score them a record deal, though polishing their rough edges into a saleable product turns out to be a challenge. While produced for British television, this and another short feature by Boyle, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, also made the rounds of the international film festival circuit in 2001. ...Strumpet

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Director Danny Boyle at his best 16 April 2009
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This is a great and little known Danny Boyle film (director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire - amongst many others). Strumpet is a great tale of inspiration and creativity. It shows the beauty of spontaneous creation and how the commercial world can destroy or warp it. Christopher Eccleston is brilliant in the lead role of Strayman and is like the forerunner to those infected with the 'rage virus' which would be apparent in Boyle's next film, 28 Days Later. There's also another rage link towards the end of the film - very apt. For anyone who's creative this really is a must and those who are not should enjoy it too.

If you want to know more about Stumpet and Danny Boyle's other feature-length films then why not take a look at my book Ordinary Heroes: The Films of Danny Boyle which is available on this site.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different! 18 Aug 2011
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Brilliant acting from Christopher Eccleston, as ever, and Genna G is equally convincing. Danny Boyle directs their compulsive but destructive relationship that develops (in their world of chaos) on the fringes of society. It is not light-hearted entertainment but certainly worth watching if you are bored with the ordinary and predictable. I'd certainly watch it again but I'd need to be in the right mood.
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Like its almost simultaneously made-for-TV mate `Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise'
these 2 low budget TV films seem to be Boyle's reaction to getting caught up in the machinery
of Hollywood -- both in style (shot on video, lots of handheld, a rawness) and in theme (both are,
in their own ways satires on the ills of capitalism and selling out).

But where `Vacuuming' was more of an over the top, super dark and somewhat angry comedy/satire,
`Strumpet is a bit more gentle and fairy-tale like. An angry young poet (a great Chris Eccelston),
who is followed by the stray neighborhood dogs everywhere (hence his name `Strayman') meets
an adorable waif of a young woman who can (sort of) play the guitar. They dance around in his
living room, her naked, singing a song made up from the words of his poems, which he has scribbled
all over the wall.

A goofily enterprising young neighbor makes a demo tape, and sets out to get them a career. And
lo and behold, he pulls it off, but at the expense of almost destroying who they are as the system
tries to mainstream them.

This is charming, well acted stuff, although hard to take seriously on any but the most fanciful level.
The idea that these two screaming bizarre poetry would be swept up as the `next big thing' is very
far-fetched, especially since the song really isn't that great (which may well be part of the point). On
some levels the second half, about the corrupting evils of the music business taking away their innocence
is overly familiar, even if done here with more originality than usual. But the opening half, as these two
oddballs just get to know and trust each other, is deeply charming.
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