Dirty God review – brave debut powers acid-attack drama

the Guardian | 6/6/2019 | Cath Clarke

First-time actor Vicky Knight shows tremendous nerve and courage playing an acid attack survivor in Sacha ****’s gritty, grounded London drama. In real-life, the 23-year-old was scarred in a fire as a child and has spoken movingly to the Guardian about the trauma of filming nude scenes and closeups of her burns (enhanced for the film by makeup). Well, not only is she brave, she’s good, too, inhabiting her funny, impulsive, often unlikable character utterly.

Dirty God’s script skips the attack, picking up with Jade (Knight) as she’s leaving hospital after months of operations and skin grafts. Back at home in the flat on a London estate where she lives with her mum and two-year-old daughter, everyone tells Jade that she’ll be able to get on with her life when her ex-boyfriend is sentenced for the crime. But how can she move on when every time she leaves the house people stare? Jade’s doctors are happy with her progress, but she trawls...
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