Approximately forty-eight seconds after “Attack the Block”‘s premiere at South by Southwest, my Twitter feed was flooded with enthusiastic praise. Phrases like “instant genre classic” and “loved this movie” and “best film so far” came up a lot. At this point, it stands with “Sound of My Voice” as the most buzzed about films of the festival. The film is a big old genre mish-mash about a gang of South London hoodlums (shades of “The Warriors” and “Streets of Fire”) who are the last line of defense against an invasion of big, snarly aliens (“E.T.,” “Critters,” et. al).
Still coming down from the high of all those positive reviews, I got to chat with the film’s writer/director Joe Cornish, and one of his stars, Nick Frost, about the “Attack the Block”‘s origins, “researching” the part of a pot dealer, and what it’s like getting that instant feedback in the age of social media.