Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:51

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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Made in 2009, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a tense psychosocial thriller centring on the abduction of a young heiress and her two kidnappers in a run-down flat in a high rise block somewhere in London. Written and Directed by J Blakeson, starring three talented British actors, Martin Compston,(True North, Red Road, Tickets) Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky, Gangs of New York, Sherlock Holmes) and Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drew, Clash of the Titans, RocknRolla).
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Monday, 06 August 2012 19:49

Dixon of Dock Green

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Acorn Media UK has released six episodes of the hugely successful BBC's TV show Dixon of Dock Green. Prior to becoming a TV series, PC George Dixon (Jack Warner) was a character in an Ealing Film, The Blue Lamp (1950), where Dixon was shot and killed by the distressed and naïve criminal Tom Riley (Dirk Bogarde). Dixon was a kind hearted and conscientious copper, patrolling the streets of Paddington London, and just about to retire from the police force, before his murder. A subplot used by Hollywood many times. It was paramount that the British public had warmed to Dixon and his demonstrative ways. Yet he was shrewd and did not suffer fools gladly. Hence his own TV show with a move to East London; which ran from 1955 to 1976.
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Monday, 11 June 2012 13:54

Actor Phil Davis Speaks to ZANI

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Essex 1967, the careers officer raises his eye brows at the school boy, as he searches for the right words so he doesn't hurt the kid's feelings, "An actor, that's what you want to do as a job when you leave school? ". The blonde school boy with a small frame and short in height, nods with no enthusiasm. Since he yearned to become an actor, he has grown accustomed to the mocking, a disguise for jealously and envy. His peers recite lines from Shakespeare, which, most of the time, are misquoted. In fact the ridicules have hardened him. As living on a council estate in Essex has made him tough. He knew how to handle the lads,
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:51

Corrupt AKA Copkiller

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Corrupt which was made in 1981, yet not released until 1984, stars two heavyweights from the world of film and music, Harvey Keitel and John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, in a film about corruption, guilt and murder. Harvey Keitel plays Lt. Fred O'Connor, a New York policeman who doesn't say no to a backhander, and from his ill gotten gains he is able to purchase an uptown apartment with colleague Bob Carvo (Leonard Mann).
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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:22

The Hit

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When people talk about classic British gangster films, invariably they mention Get Carter or The Long Good Friday, yet other classic British gangster films like Villain starring Richard Burton are frequently ignored. Moreover The Hit (1984) directed by Stephen Frears, starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Tim Roth & Laura Del Sol is certainly a very much overlooked British gangster film.
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Monday, 16 January 2012 17:45

Top Five British Gangster Films

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The British gangster movie, tales of no messing geezers, who conduct shady deals whilst evading the long arm of the law. Fellas who like to have a drink with the lads, buy their mothers flowers and have a bit on the side.
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© Words – Paolo Sedazzari
In the history of cinema there is no film quite like Performance - the cult film to end all cult films. Few films inspire such loyalty, such passion and such animated discussions.
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Set in the seedy, tawdry backstreet world of strip clubs, tacky photo-shoots, and faded glamour which characterised parts of late 1950s London, Cover Girl Killer  would have made (and indeed probably did make) an ideal bottom-of-the-bill companion to such contemporary productions as Peeping Tom. Written and directed by Terry Bishop, one of the unsung kings of the British b-movie, it stars a pre-Steptoe Harry H. Corbett,
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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 -
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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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