Craig Viveiros, in his first feature production as writer and
director, Ghosted is a hard hitting prison set drama featuring an array
of British male acting talent.
Jack (John Lynch) is a model prisoner and wants to remain anonymous and
keep his nose clean, however, on the anniversary of his son's death
Jack is dealt a tragic blow when his wife ends their marriage.
Amongst the prison mayhem, is young Paul (Martin Compston) who is
riding with the psychotic 'Baron' Clay (Craig Parkinson). Feeling
parental after losing his son, Jack decides to take Paul under his wing
and save him from a life of damage that will happen if Paul stays with
A tough uncompromising portrayal of prison life featuring some fine
performances from a strong ensemble. Compston, who first came to
attention in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen has always had a great presence
and is slowly growing into a very mature adult performer. Whilst
Parkinson (last seen in Brighton Rock) has a real swaggering menace to
him, talking softly with the ability to switch quickly with a look or
Whilst the performances are gripping and expected from the cast; the
dialogue at times does seem a bit contrived in places - perhaps that is
the fault of the generic conventions of prison films. Good guys
look soft in prison compared to the pure evilness of the bad guys, who
are in prison for a reason.
This is not to do Viveiros a total disservice; the photography is a
winner picking up all the burden of prison life on the prisoner's faces
and the fight scenes do lend themselves a real viscerality in their
However, with all prison films the ending comes far too soon where we
are left with no answers to some questions left hanging in the air.
Ghosted is out in cinemas now and released on DVD on Monday 27th June
by Revolver Entertainment for £12.99 RRP.