Fantasia 2011: ‘Attack The Block’ / ‘A Lonely Place To Die’ / ‘Retreat’

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The Fantasia Film Festival continues here in Montreal and with it came three exception British genre films. On this episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, we sit back and discuss Julian Gilbey’s A Lonely Place To Die, Attack The Block by writer/director Joe Cornish and the directorial debut by Carl Tibbetts titled Retreat.



Wax Tailor – “Ungodly Fruit”

The Horrors – “Still Life”

Dizzee Rascal – “Fix Up, Look Sharp”

Joy Division – “A Lonely Place”


  1. Dave Valentine says

    Although I’ve yet to see Attack The Block so can’t vouch for the use of slang dialogue, having subtitles isn’t that ridiculous of an idea.

    I remember seeing Ken Loach’s north-west Scotland-set Sweet Sixteen and it came with subtitles just for the first twenty minutes or so in order for the audience to get used to the strong accents and into the localised slang.

    The audience didn’t really notice the subtitles disappearing as they’d already gotten into the flow of language.

  2. Peter says

    Rise Of The Footsoldier is an incredibly awful film. The trailer for A Lonely Place does look pretty cool. But his first film is dreadful. It features some ridiculously hammy and overwrought performances. It’s also highly derivative of a thousand other British gangster films. It has terrible lighting, poor production values and dodgy, unconvincing 1980s wigs. I guarantee you’ll be disappointed.

  3. Peter says

    I’m a “Britisher” and I thought Attack The Block was awesome. In recent years British cinema has seen so many of these really tedious films set in “the ghetto” about inner city kids, films like Kidulthood, Anuvahood, Adulthood, etc, etc. They’re totally lame and take themselves really seriously, and they’re just really depressing.

    This film was great for combining social commentary on inner city kids in London with a sci-fi/fantasy genre. I thought that was totally ingenious. The idea of having subtitles just seems so ridiculous. I don’t know any of this slang they use, but I can clearly understand everything they’re trying to say. It’s not really that complicated.

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