Director: Charlotte Regan Run Time: 84 min. Release Year: 2023
Starring: Alin Uzun, Ambreen Razia, Harris Dickinson, Laura Aikman, Lola Campbell
This vibrant and inventive father-daughter comedy follows Georgie (Lola Campbell), a resourceful 12-year-old girl who secretly lives alone in a working class suburb of London following the death of her mother, filling their flat with her own special kind of magic. She makes money stealing bikes with her best friend Ali (Alin Uzun) and keeps the social workers off her back by pretending to live with an uncle. Out of nowhere, her estranged father Jason (Harris Dickinson) arrives and forces her to confront reality. Uninterested in this sudden new parental figure, Georgie is stubbornly resistant to his efforts. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Georgie and Jason find that they both still have a lot of growing up to do. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Scrapper is full of spirit, humor, and formal inventiveness that sets it apart from much of British working-class cinema. Dickinson and remarkable newcomer Campbell imbue irresistible charm into this dreamy and frequently hilarious story of two emotionally tangled people: a grieving kid thrust into adulthood and a father in over his head.