A Kind of Hush (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Brian Stirner made his directorial debut with this British drama about child abuse, as seen in the attitudes of a half-dozen traumatized London teens -- a gang run by Stu (Harley Smith) amid homeless street people, hustlers, hookers, alcoholics, and junkies at Kings Cross. Vigilante gang members victimize homosexuals, seducing unsuspecting johns who wind up beaten and robbed. Stu works at a hotel restaurant where his boss (Roy Hudd) and the boss's wife (Jeanie Drynan) provide a surrogate family. He's also befriended by Irish waitress Kathleen (Marcella Plunkett), who has little information about the dark side of Stu's past. Meanwhile, Stu is pulled back into violent gang activities. Shown in competition at the 1998 San Sebastian Film Festival.

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abuse, against-all-odds, alcoholism, child-abuse, friendship, gangster, homelessness, hustler, poverty, prostitute/prostitution, rampage, teenagers, victim, waiter