Set to a pounding soundtrack of hip-hop and electronica, this gritty thriller by director Nirpal Bhogal follows members of a girl gang in East London. After her sister is brutally attacked by Trey and his fellow gang members, sixteen-year old Kayla casts about for ways to exact revenge. Joining a rival girl gang, Kayla is drawn into a brutal world of initiation ceremonies and crime in order to prove her worth. Bhogal and the film’s producers were struck by accounts of rising female gang violence in recent years, including a particularly vicious gay-bashing incident that drew comparisons to a scene from Clockwork Orange. Developed through interviews and collaboration with youth from the East London housing estates, Sket packs a visual and narrative punch. Bhogal’s inventive take on British genre cinema won him a place on the London Film Festival’s Best Newcomer list.
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