"Shades of I Daniel Blake...Deftly acted, it's a warm and funny watch."
Gillis confounds expectations at every turn, twisting the well-worn tropes of gritty British kitchen sink cinema to deliver one of the most genuine and heartfelt portrayals of working class life I've ever seen. It's anchored by what might be the year's most endearing central performance from Martin Herdman.
Magnificent performances from a terrific cast ...deserves to be widely seen, highlighting as it does the human and social cost of how people at the bottom of the pile are treated in contemporary Britain. Thoroughly engaging and not without humour...Put it at the top of your list.
There is always a sense of excitement in watching a film debut. We live in an increasingly homogenised culture in which it seems the only movies released at cinemas are sequels, prequels, reboots or copies of movies that are copies of other successful movies. So to see a genuinely original movie is truly thrilling.
..What makes this film all the more visceral is the fierce plainness with which it is told. It has passion and directness coupled with a darkly comic streak that exposes the Orwellian nature of this bureaucratic world. There are also moments of genuine tension that leave you with a tight chest and on the edge of your seat – a sure sign of real film-making talent.
..Blessed with exceptional performances from the cast, particularly Martin Herdman as Micky, and Ian Hogg as Sam, along with a fine script and direction, Sink gets under the skin in a way precious few films do these days (Associate Producer Mark Rylance says you will find yourselves “immersed” in it). Crucially, it gives a vibrant voice to protagonists who have otherwise lost their language and their power; and so serving a very necessary level of kitchen sink realism to a world and society that seems increasingly ignorant of reality.
..A thought provoking film that undoubtedly captures the situation of many people in the UK today. Director Mark Gillis has crafted a strong and truthful film that not only entertains but also provokes reactions and raises questions. What would we do in Micky’s situation? How do we judge him? What is it that we value as a society?
..Don’t expect Sink to be a depressing state of affairs. There are wonderful wry touches to bring a smile and some lovely laugh out loud moments, one in particular I shan't spoil here but suffice to say, it is just perfect.
Equally strong female performances... Tracey Wilkinson portrays Lorraine to perfection, making you yearn for the pair to make a go of things.
..A recommendation is not complete without a nod to the music performed by Oliver Hoare and The Late Great, which clips in to the film so perfectly. It stays with you long after the closing credits.
Portrays the lives of working people in Britain with a gritty and natural eye. Shows how our system can act to punish those who need help. A thought provoking, raw debut feature. A director to look out for.
“A deeply prescient film in these politically charged times, Sink surfs its kitchen sink realism with humour and style - an important debut by writer/director Mark Gillis”