By James Burbidge

Written by: Craig Vivieros
Directed by: Craig Vivieros
Featuring: Martin Compston, John Lynch, Craig Parkinson

Released: 24/6/11

When the fresh inmate Paul catches the eye of the predatory Clay, Jack tries to take Paul under his wing and protect him from the darkest sides of prison life. The British prison drama is a staple of the industry, they are consistently turned out, and, with exceptions like Scum, are consistently O.K. Ghosted is really no different. The prison setting is appealing to filmmakers because it is confined (cheap) and inherently full of conflict – not a bad place to be making a film if you’re on the indier side of things. In Ghosted we have the usual tropes of male rape, beatings, drugs, good guards/bad guards, wandering wives and dark secrets. Jack has suffered not only from the event that put him in prison, but also from a personal tragedy that has just cost him his wife. He has lost his purpose in life, until a wise old con advises him to take the young Paul into his care and to protect him from the machinations of Clay.


This is writer/director Craig Vivieros’ first feature length film, and he has crafted a workmanlike film, both on paper and behind the camera. There is nothing new here, especially if you are familiar with prison dramas, but neither is anything particularly fumbled or misguided. The actors all put in solid performances, the best coming from Martin Compston as the ingénue of the prison world. Craig Parkinson is suitably creepy and intimidating as the prisoner’s bully and John, our main character, is portrayed in a solid performance by John Lynch.

If you like prison drama as a genre, then this is probably worth a look. Otherwise, it offers nothing new or bold enough to make it stand out from the crowd.

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James Burbidge James performs a plethora of tasks for Raindance; writing articles, editing the newsletter, managing Twitter, helping on courses, organising volunteers and running the script services are but a few of the ones he is allowed to tell you about.
When he isn’t daydreaming about daylight he watches films (well, duh!) reads a bit, writes a bit and kicks arse at Ultimate Frisbee.




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