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During the current clamour to re-appraise everything from the British sex comedy to the career of Sid James. There is one area of home-grown cinema which has remained neglected by the Sight And Sound, Ross Brothers and the Reynolds & Hearn axis. Namely the school of savage sub-Bunuelian satire which ran from about 1968-73. Lindsay Andersons vigo-influenced If, advocated teenage rebellion in a post-Paris riots culture, Peter Medaks’ The Ruling Class depicted the House Of Lords as a place literally filled with skeletons, rotting corpses and zombies, and Kevin Billingtons’ The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer gave us Tony Blair 25 years before the event.


Filmed as the Thatcher-led Conservatives took power in this country, and at a time when gritty Euston Films productions filled our TV with images of violent and corrupt London, The Long Good Friday is the rawest, most energetic gangster picture since the heyday of Cagney and Bogart. Indeed, while Barrie Keeffe’s screenplay could certainly be described as neo-Shakespearian, the ‘downfall of a mob boss’ concept would be equally familiar to fans of Tommy-gun operas from the rain-soaked Warner Bros. circa 1931. A  matter compounded by the perfect casting of Hoskins in the lead role of Harold Shand -
 
As the 70's paved their way for the 80's something new emerged on the horizon, the graphic sex comedy. While movies like Animal House, and Porky's were the most notably known for this style of humour, their path was laid for them by a most unexpected source a small Israeli movie called Lemon Popsicle. Also known as Eskimo Limon, or Going All The Way; the Lemon Popsicle movies were so popular and successful that they made nine, yes nine sequels; and even went as far to being re-made as an American movie though this bombed under pressure to be like the original movies.
 
In early 2008 as audiences primed themselves for the next James Bond outing the Quantum Of Solice, small budget offering Flashbacks Of A Fool made its way into movie big time, starring recent James Bond incumbent Daniel Craig, had Craig not impressed the audiences with his unusual portrayal as everyone’s favourite secret agent then nobody would have even heard of this offering.
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In a barnyard young children play in the hay, when one grabs a large handful of hay and throws it at another they are surprised to find a ladies handbag in the centre. Searching for other gems in the hay the children are mortified to discover that under the hay lays the body of a young woman. This is one of several murders that have occurred locally.
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On Valentines Day 1900 a group of students from the Appleyard College left for a day trip to Hanging Rock, in Australia's Mount Macedon area. Enjoying the beauty of the rock several of the party are slightly bemused by the sudden failure of their watches, all of which stopped at exactly 12 o'clock, although Miss McCraw puts this down to a magnetic force from the once volcanic rock.
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To help mark the 21st anniversary of a horror classic, Lost Boys: The Tribe is a chance to revisit the feelings and emotions the original Lost Boys gave back in 1987. It's strange to write a review of a movie sequel that a large percentage of those reading this will either have not seen or not heard of The Lost Boys. For those who do remember the movie, you rather like me are probably a little bit surprised that it has taken 21 years for a follow on movie to appear.
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Those who have seen the film Bronco Bullfrog will not have forgotten it. Made in 1969, it features real East End kids playing East End Kids and doing the sort of thing East End Kids of the time got up to. We are shown real stuff like the film’s star Del, out to impress on a first date, taking his girlfriend ‘up west’ on his new motorcycle. He decides that the West End cinema is a bit too pricey so instead takes her for a slap meal to a fancy restaurant – a Wimpy’s.
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Not a name synonymous with the British public but a glaring talent never the less, Dean Cavanagh is a man held in fine regard by his contemporaries and people in the know. Working away from the mainstream and carving out an independent and respected niche in the process, he has produced work of the highest calibre, pushing the boundaries with his thought-provoking views and no-holds-barred attitude to writing. He has worked closely with another British gem,
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ZANI - How did you first discover Malcolm and what qualities does he have that makes him appeal to you?

Chris Wade - Well the first film I saw Malcolm in was Royal Flash because funnily enough I used to collect Bob Hoskins films. Actually Hoskins is a great actor, but that’s beside the point now. Hoskins had a small part in it. But when I saw Malcolm as Flashman, I just thought now there’s an actor I knew he was in Clockwork Orange but all the images of that film, the eyelash, the rape and all that, use to scare me when I was a kid. Besides it was still banned in the UK then.

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