Bulldog seals deal on Gritty British Drama ‘The Violators’

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Bulldog Film Distribution has successfully acquired the UK rights for Helen Walsh’s gritty new British drama, The Violators.

The Violators“A stern, striking debut from British novelist-turned-helmer Helen Walsh”
– Variety

Months before the film’s official UK release, this dark drama has already gained momentum on the film festival circuit, garnering debut writer and director, Helen Walsh much critical acclaim.

Throughout 2015, The Violators has earned the novelist-turned-filmmaker multiple nominations, including ‘Best Feature Film‘ at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, ‘Producer of the Year‘ at the British Independent Film Awards and ‘Best Film‘ and ‘Best Director‘ at the Tbilisi International Film Festival, among many more.

The Violators presents the big screen debuts of two rising young British actresses, Lauren McQueen and Brogan Ellis, whose performances have been noted by critics as “admirably played by a fine cast – with 18-year-old McQueen, a particularly strong discovery“.

Bulldog Film Distribution are thrilled to have acquired the UK rights to this complex and compelling testament to British film making and aim to release the feature in select cinemas across the UK and Video on Demand in June 2016.

More about The Violators.


After testifying against her abusive father, Shelly, 15, finds herself rehoused on a sink estate she can barely call home. A petty thief, Shelly spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities. When she attracts the attention of estate loan shark and groomer, Mikey Finnegan, 40, Shelly finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel, 17. As Shelly’s relationship with Mikey develops, so does Rachel’s fixation with Shelly. The shock-revelation that Shelly’s father is to be given early parole forces Shelly to make a decision that will alter the fates of all three of them, forever. Set amid the desolate beauty of a post-industrial wasteland, The Violators is a meditation on the meaning of home, and the potency and fragility of young girls’ sexuality.

Release Details:

Theatrical & Digital: 17th June 2016
Runtime: 97 mins approx
Cert: 15


Lauren McQueen
Brogan Ellis
Stephen Lord
Liam Ainsworth
Derek Barr


Helen Walsh

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