Writer-director Charlotte Regan makes her feature film debut with Scrapper, a funny, endearing story of a twelve-year-old girl named Georgie (Lola Campbell) living alone in London and the unexpected reunion she has with her previously absent father Jason (Harris Dickinson). Campbell is a breakout star, and Scrapper took home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize following its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival (read our review).
I had the chance to speak with Regan about her own discomfort with compliments, how pieces of her are present in all of her characters, and the process of finding Campbell and putting together this unique and enjoyable film.
You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.
This vibrant and inventive father-daughter comedy follows Georgie (Lola Campbell), a resourceful 12-year-old girl who secretly lives alone in her flat in a working class suburb of London following the death of her mother. She makes money stealing bikes with her best friend Ali (Alin Uzun) and keeps the social workers off her back by pretending to live with an uncle. Out of nowhere, her estranged father Jason (Harris Dickinson; Triangle of Sadness, Beach Rats) arrives and forces her to confront reality. Uninterested in this sudden new parental figure, Georgie is stubbornly resistant to his efforts. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Georgie and Jason find that they both still have a lot of growing up to do. Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Scrapper is full of spirit, humor, and formal inventiveness that sets it apart from much of British working-class cinema. Dickinson and remarkable newcomer Campbell imbue irresistible charm into this moving and frequently hilarious story of two emotionally tangled people: a grieving kid thrust into adulthood and a father in over his head.
Scrapper opens in theaters Friday, August 25th.