Shirley Adams is an intimate and moving story that sheds light on the issues of poverty and violence in today’s
Shirley is getting close to the end of her tether: caring for her son exhausts her, and her meager income is not enough to pay the medical bills. Although close to a breakdown, she clings on to her strength and optimism for the sake of her son, who has lost sight of any enjoyment of life. The proposed solution comes in the form of a social worker. The enthusiastic Tamsin initially manages to cheer Donovan up, but her naive idealism clashes with Shirley’s daily grind. In the meantime, Shirley receives new information about the shooting. Information she decides not to share with her son. The camera keeps very close to the characters; in many scenes, it sits looking over Shirley’s shoulder. Oliver Hermanus thereby creates a viewpoint that is both intimate and claustrophobic, and makes the rising tension palpable.
Monday 16 August, 07.00 PM, Rialto
Tuesday 17 August, 04.30 PM, Rialto