Sports themed films, particularly boxing movies, have evolved greatly since 1949’s seminal 'Champion' starring Kirk Douglas.
Published in Film
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:08

This is your Life" - Henry Cooper



This Is Your Life - Henry Cooper, heavyweight boxer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Thames Television’s Euston Road Studios.

Published in Video of the Week


Very Rarely broadcast Ali Documentary. This is jammed packed full of Rare Footage from the vaults of ABC, Includes some real Gems here,
Published in Video of the Week
Thursday, 12 May 2016 13:19

Kirkland Laing – The Upsetter

Brought to us by the ancient Greeks, its edges neatly rounded off by the Marquis of Queensbury in 1867, before being wrapped and packaged for the masses by TV in the 20th century,
Published in Sport
“Here by the sea and sand / Nothing ever goes as planned” (The Who, ‘Sea and Sand’, Quadrophenia, 1973).
Published in Culture
Thursday, 29 December 2011 15:34

Harry Carpenter - Paul Gallagher Remembers

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The first time I actually took notice of who was Harry Carpenter was in the late 70s, early 80s on Sportsnight, the Wednesday sports programme on BBC1.
Published in Sport Archive
Saturday, 10 August 2013 16:21

Only God Forgives Reviewed

Only God Forgives
© Words William Goodchild

You'd be forgiven for expecting Drive 2: Bangkok Boogaloo. However, this is a very different beast from Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's previous collaboration.

Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a drug smuggler in Bangkok operating behind the veneer of a Thai boxing gym. As a result of his vile behaviour, scumbag brother Billy (Tom Burke) meets a grisly end. Julian accepts the consequences of his actions but their mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) seeks vengeance on corrupt cop Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm).
Published in Film Archive
Monday, 06 May 2013 18:04

Warrior

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© Words William Goodchild

It’s completely understandable if you have preconceived ideas about this film (in a not good way). But it’s best to put them aside. The poster, undeniably fetishising the bodies of the two leads, doesn’t exactly help. The mixed martial arts in this film is incidental. It is not a film about mixed martial arts. (Or rather, I should say, Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC.) Instead it offers a very moving story of a family torn apart, with the conduit of that story being men fighting in cages.

Published in Film Archive
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Any history of martial arts movies and movie-stars inevitably centres upon the handful of motion pictures made by the legendary Bruce Lee and the impact these movies had upon successive generations of both fans and budding martial artists.
Published in Film Archive
Sunday, 18 December 2011 12:18

Tamer Hassan He's No Mug

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For someone who never had the intention of ever being an actor, Tamer Hassan has certainly achieved a great deal of success. He has worked with the likes of Christian Bale, Bob Hoskins, Orlando Bloom, and Morgan Freeman. His career path all started from a small part in Eastenders in 2001. Tamer was fortunate enough to pass by the failed auditions, and wondering where his next meal was coming from.

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