In a new popular era of film where we analyze our relationships with our fathers, Scrapper sticks out from the crowd with its vibrance, music video-style sequences, and precocious lead character.
The film follows Georgie (Lola Campbell), a 12-year-old girl who has been living on her own since her mother passed away. She’s been holding off social services by amassing a bank of voice memos recorded by an older friend, convincing them she is living with an uncle named Winston Churchill. She spends the days stealing bikes with her friend Ali (Alin Uzun) and hanging out around her house. One day, Georgie and Ali receive an unexpected visitor: Georgie’s formerly absent father Jason (Harris Dickinson), Throughout the rest of the film, Jason tries (and usually fails) to bond with his daughter, while Georgie strives to prove she can take care of herself.
Director Charlotte Regan marks her debut feature film with a high energy and very fresh spirit and aesthetic, winning audiences (and the Sundance Special Jury) over. Dickinson and Campbell are very fun to watch on-screen, and their growth on screen proves engaging. In the end, the charismatic leads in front of the camera and charming direction behind it add together to make a joyful and imaginative experience.