London Town

Synopsis: In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Derrick Borte
Production: Dutch Tilt Film
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

[projector clicking]

[reggae music]

A lot of people won't get

no supper tonight

A lot of people won't get

no supper tonight yeah

'Cause the battle

Is getting harder

In this Iration

This Armagideon

A lot of people won't get

no justice tonight

So a lot of people are going

to have to stand up and fight

But remember

To praise Jehovah

And He will guide you

In this Iration

This Armagideon

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa

whoa whoa whoa whoa

I won

Whoa whoa whoa I won

I won


A lot of people won't get

no supper tonight

Said a lot of people won't get

no justice tonight

A lot of people will be

running and hiding tonight

Said a lot are gonna run

and hide tonight yeah

But remember

To praise Jehovah

And He will guide you

In this Iration

This Armagideon

Whoa whoa I won

Whoa whoa whoa..

- What you got in the bag,

you little Sally boy?

Doing the cooking now your mum's

off shagging all of London?

- Piss off.

- What? What are you gonna do?

What are you gonna do? Come on.


That's right, you dwarf.

Get on. Come on, boys.

- Tossers.

- Shay, what does shagging mean?

- Cooking, that's all.

- Oh.

Mum's a much better shagger

than you.

- Well, she didn't make

your favorite pudding

every night like I do, did she?

[instrumental music]

- What's that?

- Nothing.

Mind your own business.

[engine revving]

- Hey, hey. Hey, hey. I'm home.

- Daddy!

- Oh, hello, munchkin.

How are you?

Oh, oh!

Is that tea ready? Whoa.

Bloody long day.

I'll tell you that.


I sold an upright Steinway.

- Huh. That's great.

- It'll help. What's the score?

- Oh, the Os.

I forgot it was on.

- How'd you forget?

- I've been a bit busy

with school

shopping, picking up Alice,

cooking you dinner.

- Like a proper little wife.

I'm only kidding.

It's appreciated.

Oh, by the way,

I have got us a lead

on some tickets

for the FA Cup match

between Chelsea

and Leyton Orient.

- How'd you do that?

- Oh, one of my clients

in the shop.

Not bad, eh?

That ought to make up

for the eight hours

I've got to spend

in the taxi tonight.

- I got a package from mum.

What if I went to stay

the summer with her in London?

- She asked that?

- Well, I want to go to London.

- I'm sure you do, sweetheart,

but ain't no one

going to London for the summer.

- Why not?

- We've already been over this, Shay.

I need you here

in the shop with me.

- Well,

what if I need to be there?

You can't keep me from my mum.

I'm not your bloody slave.

- That's enough.

- Oh, bollocks to you!

- Hey, come here.

No child of mine is gonna live

in a bloody squat

with a bunch of hippies

let alone, look at me

let alone with a woman

more interested

in being her 14-year-old's mate

than his mother.

- She's not even like that.

I'm nearly 15.

- She keeps promising

to come for you.

Let's see

if that ever happens, eh?

- You're just mad

she's in London being somebody

while you're feeding off

the bottom in Wanstead.

- Come here. Come here!

[door slams]

- Daddy, what's a squat?

- It's no place

for a young lady like yourself.

That's for damn sure.

But it was Four Tops

all night

With encores from..

[muffled song]

Shay! Shay!

Roots rock rebel

Onstage they ain't got..

Have you lost your mind, boy?

Turn that off. Turn that off!

What is that?

- I don't know. Mum sent it.

- Listen, I know

you're angry with me

but we do have neighbors.

Do you understand?

Good. I'm going on my shift now.

You look after Alice, okay?

The British army

is waiting out there

And it weighs

fifteen hundred tons

White youth

Black youth

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