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Wild Bunch - BROKEN

Rufus Norris


Status: Completed

Director(s): Rufus Norris

Main cast: Charlie Booty, Lily James, Tim Roth

Short synopsis : Shortly after witnessing a brutal beating, Skunk’s home, neighborhood, and school become treacherous environments, where the happy certainties of childhood give way to danger; her innocence is rapidly worn away and a harsh world fills her future, over which she has no control. When Skunk finally seeks solace in an unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick, she’s is faced with the greatest choice of all.

Long synopsis : Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door and Skunk’s innocence begins to be drained away at a speed and in a way she cannot control. Her home, her neighbourhood, her school - all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and a complex, broken world fills her future. Skunk seeks solace in the last remaining place where she knows she can find it - the unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick - and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place she was never promised, or to leave it entirely - to live or to die. BROKEN is a powerful, captivating and heartbreaking exploration of love in all its many forms: idealized, unrequited, unwanted, and - ultimately - unconditional.


  • Charlie Booty, Lily James, Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence, Lukas Fernandes-Pendse, Michael Fernandes-Pendse


  • Producer(s): Tally Garner, Bill Kenwright, Dixie Linder, Nick Marston
  • Director(s): Rufus Norris
  • Screenplay: Daniel Clay, Mark O'Rowe
  • DP: Rob Hardy
  • Editing: Victoria Boydell
  • Original Music: Electric Wave Bureau
  • Set Design: Kave Quinn
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance

  • Production company: CUBA PICTURES (BROKEN), BBC, BFI
  • Production date: 2012
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • International Critics' Week 2012
  • British Independent Film Awards 2012
    Award(s) : Best British Independent Film & Best Supporting Actor
  • European Film Awards 2012 - Nominated
    Award(s) : European Discovery of the Year
  • Odessa International Film Festival 2012
  • Giffoni Film Festival 2012
    Award(s) : 2nd place Golden Gryphon
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2012
  • Zurich Film Festival 2012
    Award(s) : Best International Feature Film
  • Festival do Rio 2012
  • Haifa International Film Festival 2012
  • BFI London Film Festival 2012
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2012
  • Goa - International Film Festival of India 2012
  • Beijing International Film Festival 2013