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8 out of 10
Who can help but unwittingly fall under Le Donk's spell, rough charms n' all, as you tail the cameras following the rock roadie's quest for stardom via rapping, 'protégée' and sidekick, Scor-zay-zee.
Indirectly revealing too much about himself, Le Donk is unstoppable as film heroes go through his wavering optimism. Whether he's spouting expletives, sharing less-than-flattering sexual anecdotes, embracing rock and roll clichés or insulting all around him, it's all too 'real' and comical.
Shane Meadows' rockumentary is the first from a series of Five Day Features, a movement created by the film's director, and Mark Herbert to be released by Warp Films. Set in Northern England, the film features Paddy Considine as Le Donk aka Nicholas, and Olivia Colman of Peep Show fame as Le Donk's long suffering and heavily pregnant now ex-partner, while Scor-zay-zee aka Dean, Director, Shane Meadows and The Arctic Monkeys all play themselves, of course.
Music, film and bleak humour, a sure-fire combination!