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Pirates

Director: Reggie Yeats

Stars: Elliot Edusah, Jordan Peters, Reda Elazouar, Kassius Nelson.

Set on New Year’s Eve at the turn of the millennium, actor-presenter Reggie Yates' affable but busy debut directorial feature plays like a very British take on ‘American Graffiti’ as it charts one night in 1999 for a trio of eighteen-year old pals and garage crew wannabes. They are self-styled ladies’ man Two Tonne (Peters), sensible and sensitive college bound kid Cappo (Edusah), and the oddball prankster Kidda (Elazouar). Desperate to score some tickets for the Twice as Nice Millennium, the pals/garage crew wannabes trawl London in their Peugeot while having various encounters with a disparate collection of locals during their odyssey.

Working with what is evidently a limited budget, Yates lets the choice selection of garage music and fashion do the talking, although some of the garish Moschino prints are more shouting than talking. The script feels a bit scrappy though, with Cappo’s college plans ebbing and flowing in importance as an issue for the crew, and the pacing is often so frenetic that the characters don't get much room to breathe.

David Willoughby

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