Preview: Reel South London presents ‘Gimme the Loot’

Newly-formed film club Reel South London are aiming to provide cinema lovers with a diverse and innovative evening of entertainment within a unique and intimate setting. Based in the centre of Tooting Market in South West London, their evening débuts with a screening of acclaimed New York-set urban comedy Gimme the Loot (2012). Think an upbeat version of Larry Clark’s Kids (1995) and you’re somewhere close to the style of this authentic, rough and ready look at the lives of two semi-impoverished Bronx teens (genuine and amiable performances from newcomers Ty Hickson and Tashiana Washington), set during the kind of balmy, summertime atmosphere which evokes memories of Spike Lee at his best.

Gimme the Loot is as far from a picture postcard view of New York as you could get, with a raw and honest depiction of the city seldom seen on screen. Gimme the Loot is the feature debut of former Woody Allen production assistant, Adam Leon. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was the Grand Jury Prize winner at SXSW Film Festival in that same year. With a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, the late Roger Ebert hailed it as, “A remarkably natural and unaffected film about friendship between two high-spirited graffiti artists”.

Echoing the loose and freewheeling style of the film, the night promises to hold a similarly lo-fi, quirky appeal, in an equally unusual venue. Food and refreshment will be available before, after and throughout the screening (scheduled for around 8pm) with a hop-hop soundtrack featuring cuts from the film playing out the rest of the evening. They’ll also be some fun film-related activities in store, pre and post-screening.

Tickets will go on sale in October. Check out our review of Gimme the Loot here.