Urban and the Shed Crew

A film adaptation of Bernard Hare’s popular memoir starring Richard Armitage, Anna Friel, Neil Morrissey and Fraser Kelly. Post production by multiple award winners Blenheim Media.

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A hard living, disillusioned, ex social worker becomes the unlikely saviour to an anarchic gang of joy-riding, drug taking, thieving, out of control, care home runaways.

Eleven-year old Urban Grimshaw is Britain’s most runaway child, he’s even been on TV’s Crimewatch. His mother is a junkie and his father might as well be dead. He can’t read or write, and he doesn’t go to school. His average day is spent sitting round a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars. When he meets his mother’s new friend ‘Chop’, a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds’ roughest estates, the two become firm friends.

But even ‘Chop’ with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching, he resolves to clean up his own act and do his utmost to save the kid.  But as their friendship deepens, Urban introduces him to the Shed Crew – the anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, no strangers to drugs or sex and it’s only then that we see exactly how long the road to civilization really is.

When ex-social worker Bernard Hare turned his startling experiences with a group of young delinquents into a novel it was described as one of the year’s most compelling and best selling books. “Urban and the Shed Crew” is a stunning piece of ethnography described by ‘The Guardian’ as “moving but never sanctimonious, another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.”

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The Urban Dictionary

BABYLON – The establishment and its agents
BOLTIES – Bolt-croppers
BOMB – The practice of wrapping noxious-tasting drugs in Rizla paper and swallowing
BROWN – Heroin
CHARVER – Mate, pal, friend
CHIP – To leave, especially the scene of a crime
CUSHTY – sorted
DIG – To inject drugs
DIRTY DIGGER – intravenous drug user
FOIL-FACE – Person who smokes heroin from tinfoil, a practice often called chasing the dragon
GOUCH – Dreamlike state induced by heroin use
GRAFTING – Earning money for drugs by whatever means, mostly shoplifting, card fraud, blagging, street robbery, car crime, or prostitution
HALF-CHAT – Half-caste, person of mixed race
JIMMY’S – St James University Hospital, Leeds
JOEY – Person who does all the Joey work: going to the shops, makings cups of tea, cooking, washing up, etc. Also, a Joey can be your own personal indentured slave or fag, either because they like the role, they are afraid of you, or they are too stupid to realise that you are taking them for a fool.
KELLY – money
KOOMPARTOO – A fresh start
MISPERING – To go missing, to become a missing person
MUPPET – Fool, dupe, victim, target
MUSH – Outsider
NASH – To run away
NOSH – Blowjob, gobble, oral sex
ON TOP – The Babylon or its agents are upon us!
PANCRACK – Dole office, DHSS
PHET – Amphetamine, speed, whiz
REC – Recreation ground, communal land
SCUFFERS – police
SLATE – To put someone down verbally, to insult, deride, or abuse
SNAILLY – Nail varnish
TAX – Stealing, demanding money with menaces
TWOCKER – Joyrider or car thief, as in Taking Without Owner’s Consent, written as TWOC on charge sheets

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