Director: The Amber Collective (UK – 2005)
Written and directed by British film making group, ‘The Amber Collective,’ ‘Shooting Magpies’ chronicles the bleak repercussions of a former coal-mining town in East Durham, where the last pit closed in 1992 and an influx of heroin rushed in to fill the economic and social void. Shot on digital, using actors and non-actors, the narrative threads are gathered from factual events and improvised by the cast. More desolate than the docu-drama’s of Ken Loach, this is as grim as it gets.
Time Out (London) – Issue 1912 – 11th April 2007 – 83