One of the most insidious and insipid phenomena to creep into British society over the last decade has been acid attacks. Due to a sharp rise in incidents from the start of 2017, press and politicians have begun taking notice and calling for action. It’s up there with knife crime as one of the greatest dangers on our city streets. Whilst acid throwing has been traditionally much more prevalent in South Asia, the UK now has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Sacha Polak tackles this troubling issue in her new film Dirty God.

After she’s attacked by her boyfriend, Jade (Vicky Knight) must come to terms with the trauma of being badly physically scarred whilst bringing up their young child. She moves back in with her mother (Katherine Kelly) who supports herself by selling stolen items on the black market. Trying to resume her old life, Jade finds herself the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons and is determined to take matter into her own hands.

There are so many pitfalls Dirty God could have fallen foul off, but Sacha Polak has created a credible, bold and compelling piece of cinema. This is largely down to newcomer Vicky Knight. A burn victim herself, who delivers a starkly real and truly fearless performance. One of the best you’ll see by a British actor this year. Dirty God is a vibrant and beautifully edited drama. A film which is both important and entertaining.

Dirty God is out in cinemas from 7 June.


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