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Dictionary Definition

scummy adj
1 of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick" [syn: abject, low, low-down, miserable, scurvy]
2 covered with scum; "the scummy surface of the polluted pond"

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Adjective

  1. Covered in scum.
    We have to wash your trousers, they're all scummy.
  2. sleazy, worthless, no good
    • 2006, And what a scummy man / just give him half a chance / I bet he'll rob you if he can. - ‘When the Sun Goes Down’, Arctic Monkeys

Extensive Definition

Scummy Man is a short film, written and directed by Paul Fraser and produced by Mark Herbert and Diarmid Scrimshaw, based on the song "When the Sun Goes Down" by the Arctic Monkeys, and released on DVD on 10 April 2006 by Domino Records. The film, like the song, focuses on prostitution in Sheffield, and uses the same actors as the music video to document a night in the life of the fictional 'Nina', a 15 year old drug addict who works as a prostitute in the Neepsend district.
The film stars Lauren Socha as 'Nina' and Stephen Graham as George, known by the nickname of 'Scummy Man', a violent and manipulative 'customer' of 'Nina's, who attacks and intimidates both 'Nina' and those who try to help her escape prostitution, such as a magician who offers her a job as his assistant in his act. The magician becomes a victim of the Scummy Man's behaviour but is not without his own flaws, as the film-maker begs if anyone is really inherently good.
In order to achieve a documentary feel for the footage, the film was shot in 16mm film by Danny Cohen. The DVD includes an extra film titled "Just Another Day", which is more hopeful and upbeat in tone, and focuses on how every day events, such as being offered a lift by a taxi driver, present opportunity and hope for her future. "Just Another Day" depicts the same chain of events, but from the perspective of the taxi driver who brings the Scummy Man to Nina, who takes pity on her as she reminds him of his own daughter who died young and would have been the same age as Nina were she still alive.

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scummy in Galician: Scummy Man

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