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Director: Marcus Flemmings
Starring: Phoebe Torrance, Adam J. Bernard, Karishma Bhandari, Santino Zicchi
Against the backdrop of the riots in 2011, a young black man has to make a choice. One that could determine the rest of his life.
The essential premise of Marcus Flemmings’ SIX ROUNDS has something Shakespearean about it. That line from JULIUS CAESAR about the “tide in the affairs of men.” As Brutus describes it “Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” And one-time amateur boxer Stally (Adam J Bernard) has reached that point.
He’s worked his way out of a housing estate through a combination of education and success in the boxing ring. Now he lives in a loft apartment with ambitious girlfriend Mermaid (Phoebe Torrance) and works in a sales job that he loathes simply to keep up their lifestyle. But he can’t escape his past, especially his friendship with Chris (Santino Zicchi) who took the rap for him, and when he finds himself in trouble, it’s down to Stally to throw one last fight to save his friend. Except that he’s never been beaten in the ring.
That’s the narrative, but Flemmings doesn’t tell it that way. As the title indicates, the film is divided into six chapters, or boxing rounds, each charting a significant development in the story, as well as giving a glimpse of the match itself. Each one starts with two men in the boxing ring and, initially, we just see Stally: his opponent only comes into view in the later rounds. It gives the film a theatrical quality.
But SIX ROUNDS definitely belongs on the big screen – for one crucial reason. Haider Zafar’s cinematography. The film is shot almost entirely in vivid black and white – the occasional moment of colour is reserved for Stally’s apparently idyllic relationship with Mermaid – and demonstrates how brilliantly memorable monochrome can be. The shot of the blazing four by four is astonishing – frighteningly violent and yet beautiful at the same time. There are many more images of that calibre and they are what make the film stand out.
It also marks out Flemmings as a director and writer to watch for in the future. One who’s unafraid to experiment with a boldly stylised structure, to replace dialogue with monologue and to bring social and political issues to a personal level, so they have genuine resonance with the audience. If that approach has a downside, it’s that the supporting characters are comparatively underwritten. But it’s a small price to pay.
SIX ROUNDS is powerful stuff. Its running time may be just a shade under an hour, but its memory will sticks in the mind for much, much longer. Ambitious, gutsy and strikingly different, its aim may not always be perfect, but its attempts to hit the target are often dazzling.
SIX ROUNDS is released on Monday, 10 April via Digital Platform FlixPremiere
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