Film review: ‘The Violators’ ★★★★

Ten years have passed since Shane Meadows’ This Is England punched a vitriolic, tattooed fist through the 1980s Midlands racial divide. Nationalist tension does not feature in novelist turned writer-director Helen Walsh’s The Violators but it is a comparably hard-hitting and bleak state of the British nation address. At a time where class division seems to be worsening, Walsh points an accusatory finger at a system that fails those who need it most, but also simply at how deplorably people can treat one another.

The Violators is now showing in select UK cinemas – visit CineVue here to read the full review.