We Are The Freaks is written and directed by Justin Edgar (Special People, Large) and is set in the 1990s, around the time of Margaret Thatcher’s resignation.
As their future looms large over the horizon, a group of teenagers embark on an evening out that none of them will ever forget.
Jack (Jamie Blackley – The Fifth Estate, Snow White and the Huntsman) is awaiting news of his acceptance into University in order to escape from his boring life. He has the letter in his pocket, but has yet to pluck up the courage to read it, as he feels that if he is unsuccessful, he will be unable to woo Elinor (Amber Anderson – Lotus Eaters, Your Highness) who has caught his attention.
Accompanying him on his night out is his friend Parsons (Mike Bailey – Skins), a nerd with a Margaret Thatcher fixation, who unwittingly finds himself under the dubious protection of Killer Colin (Michael Smiley – The World’s End, Kill List) after an ill-advised drug deal.
Let’s not forget his magnificently posh and totally bonkers girlfriend Clare (Rosamund Hanson – This Is England, Life’s Too Short) and rich kid pal Chunks (Sean Teale – Skins), who cares about nothing and nobody, but may be forced to rethink after an encounter with the socially awkward Splodger (Adam Gillen – Benidorm).
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. We Are The Freaks is quite unusual, and although it might not always be as polished or as accomplished as it could be, it still works and it almost adds to the charm.
The acting performances are good, the script is reasonable and there is enough action and humour to keep you interested right up until the end.
This is never going to be a classic, but it’s still worth a watch.
We Are The Freaks is available to buy now on DVD.