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David Mackenzie, 2014

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Secreted razor blades, shower-room shankings, blood streaking sun-deprived skin: the prison drama conventions are horribly present and correct. But patterns repeating is the point here.

When volatile teenager Eric is “starred up” from young offender to full-blown con it is also a family reunion: his own dad is one of the “daddies” running his new wing. Enter a psychologist. At first sessions resemble group therapy for caged tigers but gradually inner lives are revealed.

Thanks to the high-voltage writing of real-life prison shrink Jonathan Asser, these scenes are not corny but convincing – a fresh insight into a different kind of “life inside”.

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