The Violators is the “powerful debut” (The Times) of best-selling author Helen Walsh (The Lemon Grove, Brass) – a raw, edgy drama featuring “a breathtaking lead performance from Lauren McQueen” (Screen Relish).
After testifying against her abusive father, Shelly finds herself rehoused on a sink estate. A petty thief, she spends her days roaming the estate and docklands in search of opportunities. When Shelly attracts the attention of estate loan shark Mikey, she finds herself thrust under the watchful gaze of a mysterious stranger, Rachel. 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...
“Impressive…credible…fascinating” (Anna Smith, The Film Review, BBC News)
“Ticks radioactively with unease” (The Guardian)
“Ballsy, bruising brilliant” (The Arts Desk)
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