When 15-year-old Richard, troubled with learning difficulties and an abusive older brother, strikes up a friendship with Annabell the relationship between the brothers is stretched to breaking point as secrets are revealed…

Unfortunately, this bundle is not currently available in your country

A star is born. Scott Chambers is simultaneously funny, smart, and distressing as Richard. He really is special... 

London Evening Standard

If ever there was a film that shines, screaming to be seen, it is Joe Stephenson’s Chicken 


An astonishing debut 

Sir Ian McKellen

Raw, hard-hitting and beautiful... A grand mixture of dark and light. Chicken is a film that shouldn't be passed by 

Little White Lies

Chambers is a particular standout... This heart-wrenching drama heads for a climax sticky with violence and horrible secrets 

The Guardian

A confident debut from director Joe Stephenson with a gorgeous central performance 

Time Out London

Bolter's widescreen cinematography captures the warmth, loneliness and harsh reality of this disenfranchised world with unobtrusive aplomb 


A visually stunning debut...Chambers' performance may well be the best this year 


Stephenson builds his film around an astonishing central performance and does not lurch towards melodrama or pity 


Chambers deftly channels Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape as 'Richard'... a devastating third act climax 

The Times

A striking young director 

Stephen Frears

Triumphant... Funny, heart-wrenching, sad, surprising and endearing - this film has it all 

The Upcoming

Scott Chambers is terrific as Richard... Absorbing drama from debut director Joe Stephenson 


Chambers so utterly inhabits this story's troubled, neglected fifteen-year-old Richard... An extraordinary performance 

Sight & Sound

A touching, assured first feature from director Joe Stephenson... Scott Chambers is astonishingly good 

Daily Express

One of those films that stir up such an internal turmoil you keep thinking about it for days after the credits roll: a modern day fairy tale dipped in social commentary  

Candid Magazine

Stephenson fits comfortably in the lineage of great British social realist filmmakers like Loach, Leigh, Clarke and Meadows 

The Movie Waffler

Joe Stephenson offers a striking look at how broken Britain really is... Chambers delivers an awe-inspiring performance 

The Edinburgh Reporter

You grow to care about the characters and appreciate the film's warm wit and compassion. It is a very promising British debut 

The List

Winner: Narrative Feature Competition

New Hampshire Film Festival


Second Place: Best Film

Giffoni Experience Film Festival


Official Selection

Edinburgh International Film Festival


Official Selection

Busan International Film Festival


Official Selection

Palm Beach International Film Festival


Official Selection

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival


Official Selection

Hull Film Festival


Type Feature film
Length 86 Minutes
Rating 15
Genre Drama
Cast Scott Chambers, Yasmin Paige, Morgan Watkins
Director Joe Stephenson
Writer Freddie Machin, Chris New
Producer Tina Galovic, Joe Stephenson
Cinematographer Eben Bolter
Language English
Country of origin United Kingdom

Preview Profile