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Saxon (2007)

An ex-con returns to the corrupt housing estate where he grew up to investigate the disappearance of a quiz champion.

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Greg Loftin

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Greg Loftin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Harris ... Eddie
Tom Hopper ... Fishmonger
James Robinson ... Fishmonger
James Stokes James Stokes ... Fishmonger
Tony O'Leary Tony O'Leary ... Salmon
Ashley Sadanandan Ashley Sadanandan ... Ali
Divian Ladwa ... Rahim
Sarah Matravers ... Linda
Henry Kelly ... Nicko
Michael Davidson Michael Davidson ... Contestant
Kerry O'Halloran Kerry O'Halloran ... Contestant
Paul McNeilly ... Kevin
Leigh Woodward Leigh Woodward ... Iris - Twin
Jodie Woodward Jodie Woodward ... Poppy - Twin
Susan Scott ... Lighterlady
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Soon after leaving prison, EDDIE has his eye cut out by a loan shark chasing an old debt. Eddie's other eye will only be spared upon repayment. Desperate for cash, Eddie phones LINDA, a childhood sweetheart. She lives in Saxon - a nightmare sprawl of boarded-up and crumbling flats run by a corrupt council. But Linda is very wealthy. Her husband won a million pounds on a TV quiz show. She draws Eddie back to Saxon: the place where he grew up; the place where his mother works as a prostitute; the place where he murdered a bailiff. When Eddie arrives, Linda offers him a reward to find her missing husband whom she fears dead. Eddie turns amateur investigator and so embarks on a comically gruesome journey through a surreal underworld. Written by Greg Loftin

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A surreal western set on a corrupt housing estate


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22 August 2007 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Croydon, London, England, UK

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Sillwood Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Saxon (2007) Directed by Greg Loftin
23 July 2013 | by carpenterBSee all my reviews

England has council estates, we have housing projects here. Saxon estate makes our projects look like a home in the suburbs. Further, it's being evacuated to make way for a new runway for the airport which borders the estate. Remaining are the die-hards; the people with nowhere to go, the elderly, the forgotten, and the ones who only can dream of leaving but don't know how or have the courage to leave. They can exist in this environment. It's barely inhabited, but what and who remain are daily "trouble." Eddie Pierce was one of those inhabitants, until he got himself sent to prison. And now he's out – so he returns to the only place he knows – Saxon estate. His one friend, Kevin, has won 1 million pounds in a quiz show but has gone missing. Eddie, on the other hand, owes a debt which has grown to an impossible sum, and has little time to settle up. Eddie's only source of repayment will be to find Kevin before time is up. Eddie he offers his services to Kevin's wife for a price – to find Kevin. And so Eddie's return to Saxon begins; Eddie is no private detective. He is an ex-con, and Eddie has his own demons to carry.

Sean Harris and the estate are the stars. Saxon estate is a bad dream turned nightmare. Eddie is quite inept as he begins his return. He is resourceful, but a screw up. He's bad, too open, draws too much attention, and is none too discrete. At every turn, a new evil pops out.

The film is evenly-paced and not a moment is wasted. It is a dark movie, even when filmed in full sunlight. Edgy, gritty and the comedy is dark, subtle humor because Eddie's character is a puzzle and he is desperately following a mystery. But, he needs to survive Saxon as he walks a path toward being its victim -- again.

It's a thriller and a good mystery. Two stories are intertwined – Eddie's own story and his search for his friend. Excellent camera work in true Hitchcockian fashion. Long shots from above and down along the rows of the estate giving the viewer a feeling of being insignificant to the greater dangers that lie ahead (and they are real --- think "Psycho" (Martin Balsam on the stairs) or Cary Grant, "North by Northwest", waiting on the road, alone, by the empty cornfield; you just know trouble is coming). Hitchcock would have loved this film, and the sly tongue in cheek humor.

Also, shot in close up giving Sean Harris the means to act especially when he has little dialogue, because that is what Harris does. He acts. Harris carries this film (his first lead). The irony is that all those who remain are living next to an airport.

Warning: some (lots of) simulated violence. With a quick compliment on the scenes with Eddie's screen mom. They are especially compelling together. With a special applause to the actress that played Mrs. Pierce, Sue Maund.


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