THE SHADOW OF VIOLENCE Review: Nick Rowland’s Debut Gangster Youth Drama That’s As Punishing As It Is Forebearing

A pick from Colin Barrett’s acclaimed 2013 short story collection, “Young Skins”, serves as the basis for filmmaker Nick Rowland’s feature directing debut, which underwent its film festival circulation through last year under the story’s title, Calm With Horses. The film was four years in the making with Rowland who partners with screenwriter and longtime film cohort Joe Murtagh, and as such, marks their latest North American outing through Saban Films’s acquisition this month for the film’s new title, The Shadow Of Violence, a more marketable and commercial branding that definitely sticks with respect to the story, though that isn’t to say horses aren’t involved.