Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

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  • Uncut film review: LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE
  • DIRECTED BY Shane Meadows
  • STARRING Paddy Considine, Olivia Coleman, Arctic Monkeys



Director Shane Meadows and star Paddy Considine are frequently perceived as the Midlands’ own Scorsese and De Niro.

So you might assume their first collaboration since 2004’s Dead Man’s Shoes would be a harrowing, violent thriller, with Considine’s on characteristically incendiary form.

Far from it: Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is a slight but very funny improvised mock-rockumentary with Considine as former roadie Le Donk (who first appeared on a DVD Extra for Meadows’ 2002 film, Once Upon A Time In The Midlands), trying to get his protégé, rapper Scor-zay-zee, on stage at an Arctic Monkeys gig.

Meanwhile, Meadows plays himself as a filmmaker out to capture Le Donk’s efforts. You might think it’s Le Donk and Meadows who provide much of the humour, but in fact it’s the dynamic between the crass, artless Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee, his quiet, overweight partner who’s capable of delivering brilliant raps, that wins here.

MICHAEL BONNER

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