Poison Flower
Latvia, UK, 2015, 60 minutes
Poison Flower Synopsis

Gundega, a Latvian former prison officer, is on the run from a drugs charge. Surviving on benefits in a makeshift camp in the woods in Harlow, UK, she befriends Melanie, a heroin user mourning the death of her Latvian boyfriend.


Their friendship provides each of them with something they crave: for Gundega, it is someone to care for. For Melanie, it is a genuine friend among all the ‘scumbags’. But trouble is never far away.


Drowning in a co-dependent, vicious downward spiral, they make a pact to travel to Latvia. But can it really offer them a dream escape from their giro-junkie street life, or will Mel’s old habits and Gundega’s past finally catch up with them?


Christopher Michael Tew’s exceptionally intimate debut feature documentary is a compelling, shocking, and deeply moving portrait of an unlikely friendship.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
This documentary  clearly mirrored the struggles and lives of immigrants camping out in Harlow, UK.  Viewers can see  the the sincerity and no-holds barred way of how the characters are... more
This documentary  clearly mirrored the struggles and lives of immigrants camping out in Harlow, UK.  Viewers can see  the the sincerity and no-holds barred way of how the characters are presented. There are scenes where Gundega and Melanie seem to be at odds and for me, the most memorable scenes would be that of Gundega and her mother as they sit down for some heart to heart talk and it was heartwarming to know Gundega more through the eyes of her mother, a very fragile and gentle woman. According to the director, Christopher Tew, it was getting the trust of the characters and the rest of the people at the immigrant camp as one of the challenges that he had to face. Simply documented but elicited a myriad of emotions from the viewers. Do check this out! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This is a poignant debut feature docu-movie by Director Christopher Tew who was a self-taught visual artist before he ventured into documentaries and filmmaking.  Following the characters of Gundega, Melanie... more
This is a poignant debut feature docu-movie by Director Christopher Tew who was a self-taught visual artist before he ventured into documentaries and filmmaking.  Following the characters of Gundega, Melanie and other people living in an immigrant camp in the woodlands of Harlow in UK, Director Tew  used only a single low-resolution camera that prevented him from shooting at night-time.  However, it was never a hindrance to come up with very in-depth, true-to-life and sometimes emotional details of the characters who are all struggling in their own way, despite of the condition that they're in.  An eye-opening real-life account of immigrant life in the UK as seen from the stories of Gundega and Melanie. Worth checking out!
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  • An eye-opening documentary especially for viewers like me who's from another place. 

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