Fourteen-year old Sherry and her friend Rachel are enjoying one of their favourite leisure activities: harassing the local Hasidic Jewish population. Best mates D and Stacy cruise their Dagenham ‘hood, on the lookout for the next car to steal.
Morgan Matthews’ revelatory film starts as an examination of girl gangs but evolves into an illuminating exploration of adolescence and the many factors underlying these troubled girls’ behaviour.
We delve into the personal stories and motivations of the girls as they enter young adulthood. Here, father figures are notably absent, and mothers often have only tenuous control over their daughters’ lives.
By turns threatened and threatening, what is overwhelmingly important to all the girls are their friendships with each other and their loyalty to the gang.
A Century Films production for BBC2
1 x 90 minutesResearcherSarah MacfarlaneAssistant producersAmy FlanaganEmma ParsonsExecutive producer for the BBCRichard KleinExecutive producersBrian HillKate WoodsEditorStuart BriggsFilmed and directed byMorgan Matthews
"One of the most shocking but insightful documentaries of the year."The Times
"Reveals a truth that is far more complex than reductive scaremongering often suggests."Time Out