What Wild Bill lacks in originality, it makes up with strong performances amidst a growing unnerving atmosphere.

The direction by Dexter Fletcher to illicit elicit the very strong performances by the juvenile actors, is a testament to his current strengths as a director. Wild Bill is infact his directorial debut.  You may recognise Dexter as the concierge in the TV series Hotel Babylon.

It’s not an original story by any stretch.  Wild Bill is a man, now released from prison after 8 years, who returns to his children, but is unable to connect with them when it really matters.    Forces outside of his control means rather than moving on with his own life, he must dedicate it to that of his children.

Wild Bill is set in London,  amongst the mean streets of the local neighbourhood.  In many other reviews it has been considered a comedy/drama – but in my eyes, the comedy is far from noticeable, or extremely dry.  But rather, Wild Bill is a strong, at times confronting piece about protection and responsibility.

At the time of this review, the film is scheduled to screen at the Melbourne Film Festival (MIFF 2012).   Wild Bill is worth the investment, and is a strong British drama that claws at you for 98 minutes.

Score: 2.5/5