would have thought it possible a British gangster film which is
only watchable but quite entertaining as well. Surprisingly, the DVD also
includes some fairly interesting additional features including the original
theatrical trailer, an extensive behind the scenes featurette which is
far better than the usual piece of promo fluff you usually come across on
Hollywood product, cast and crew bio/filmographies, production notes,
information on locations and the Polish community, and a collection of
reviews. Not a bad collection by anyones standards."
capable, well-made. Szkopiak's direction is excellent, as is his script,
and the young British cast lend the whole thing a highly credible air.
"The menu screen features snatches of the film's haunting/haunted score - perfectly setting the tone. Besides the 'Play Movie' option and the 'Scene Select' (23 chapters all with self-explanatory titles such as 'The Chase', 'The Fight', etc.), there are also a number of 'Extra features'.
"The 'Extras' include the theatrical trailer, thorough text-based cast and crew biographies, details of the production, locations and history of the Polish community in England and a selection of reviews from the likes of NME and The Guardian. So far, so text based.
the 'Extras' above the wordy is a great little documentary called 'Behind
the Obsession'. It includes plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and some
intelligent and revealing talking-heads from the main players (both from
behind and in front of the camera). The documentary runs to less than
15 minutes, but manages to pack in more thought and information than most
DVD 'featurettes', which more often than not are fluffed out with the
kind of EPK material that a Gail Porter show would reject."
DVD puts some studio releases to shame. A 15-minute documentary - 'Behind
The Obsession' - is a fascinating look at the problems faced with releasing
a low-budget pic in this country.
DVD Fever - 3 stars out of 5
good example of how video can help to rescue films that get lost in the
system is this raw, youthful and very low-budget film, written, directed
and produced by a first-generation south London Pole, Piotr Szkopiak.
Concentrating on a small, intelligently differentiated group of friends,
it refuses to be held down by its (probably reluctant) crime classification.
Despite the Ulster psychos and the Geordie hard men, the focus is always
on the young men and women, their rites of passage and cultural and romantic
attachments, shown with delicacy, compassion and genuine understanding
of the terrain. Alex King and Juliette Caton are actors to watch."
all of Lahnduns crimes are as spectacular as a botched heist at
the Dome. And not all low-budget films that set questions of loyalty against
a backdrop of criminal wannabes are up there with Mean Streets. But what
Martin Scorsese did for New Yorks Italian-Americans, Piotr Szkopiak
does for South Londons Polish community.
young cast is excellent. The scripting and direction by new talent Piotr
Szkopiak keeps you glued to the screen."
promising debut from writer-director Piotr Szkopiak…put on watch for future
the best movie I've seen in a while is Small Time Obsession, the modest,
but perfectly formed, debut feature from writer/director Piotr Szkopiak.
Highly engrossing, well acted, ultimately moving and engagingly set in
the Polish community of South London...a miniature gem."
Stock was the fantasy...this is the reality."
Brit crime thriller. A promising debut by Szkopiak and there's a strong
cast of impressive young British talent."
a gritty and realistic coming of age drama set in the badlands of south
London. Quite affecting and sensitive, it's the handling of issues of
loyalty, community and pride within the sprawling metropolis that is the
film's success. All this, and not an Armani suit or Jaguar XJ6 in sight."
'Metro' The Times, June 2000 - 3 stars out of 5
The Evening Standard, June 2000 - 3 stars out of 5
is Szkopiak’s authentic rendering of south London’s Polish community which
gives the film its emotive resonance as well as some vodka-quaffing cool."
film throws up a talented new face in Alex King."
moment: Take your pick from anything involving the parents."
ambitious debut feature from a home-grown talent trying to keep it real
from the seamy side of south London."
small time about this movie. With gangster movies now ten a penny, Small
Time Obsession offers a refreshing change to the glamourised 'ard man
of late. Capturing the essence of south London, it shows the grit and
harsh reality of life through the eyes of a small Polish community living
here. Filmed in and around South London, much of the credit must go to
writer, producer and director Piotr Szkopiak who's local knowledge and
status as a first generation Pole makes this a very insightful and personal
film. At times it is so true to life it's scary."
Polish community is an engagingly different milieu, the intimacy of long-standing
friendships is nicely evoked and the young cast acquit themselves well."
"...an authentic depiction of friendship and of a particular Polish community." BBC Online
Time Obsession is a challenging film that showcases a host of new British
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