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Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, Nathan Constance
Director: Paul Andrew Williams

Life is all about choices and bad choices is exactly what leads to two young women ending up with a sadistic gangster and a ruthless yet gutless pimp on their tail. After running away from home a young twelve year-old girl Joanne (Georgia Groome) ends up being connived by an extremely slimy pimp (Johnny Harris) to have sex with a much older man (Alexander Morton) for a measly sum so that she can escape her life of living on handouts on the meagre streets of London to be with her loving grandma.

Escorted to the place of the business agreement by a veteran lady of the streets (Lorraine Stanley), Joanne balks at the last minute and wails out for help. Things only get worse for these two from this point as Kelly, the prostitute, in her effort to save the young girl fatally wounds the paedophile client. Left with no choice the duo promptly flee the scene for Brighton, but not before Kelly has earned enough money for her young friend to leave this seedy world behind her. Meanwhile on the home front in London the nasty happenings they left behind come after them in the form of a vicious gangster son (Sam Spruell) of the now deceased paedophile and the very same slimy pimp.

Suffice to say that this is a very low budget film but it has a good story that is handled well by the ensemble cast, particularly Johnny Harris who plays the pimp, Sam Spruell and Lorraine Stanley. Despite being a simple idea it is brutally brought to life, which makes it quite compelling viewing for those that want to see the harsher side of these merry streets of London.

3 out of 6 stars