Steven Maxwell has created a tiny British masterpiece in the world of unemployed hoodlums, single mothers, and returning war vets. Haunted by a society that rejects them and finding solace in a world of online snuff videos, computer video games, and the constant hum of horror videos and real life crime news stories, two half brothers try desperately to regain some sense of control over their lives. Unable to deal with the many layers of despair coating the bottom of British society, both brothers careen towards each other as they try to find something to believe in and something to hold on to, something which turns out to be their mutual hatred for each other. Reminiscent of classic youth-gone-wild teensploitation stories from the early 60s, Mr. Maxwell deftly relocates the desperate downward spirals of those archetypal young men into today’s world of ubiquitous cell phones and near constant texting, creating a timeless tragedy for today.
“Shakespeare’s Richard III for the 4Chan generation.”
“A story of two brothers from Liverpool that can’t escape anything — their pasts, their crimes, their choices, each other.”
“Steven Maxwell spins a dark and delicate web, then tears it all down with deliciously fastidious self-control.”