A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette

 
Good friends of ZANI, Irvine Welsh & Dean Cavanagh are about to start filming Good Arrows, the first film from their production company Jawbone. Irvine Welsh has been a busy lad lately: his new novel Crime has hit the shelves running and he's about to start work on a prequel to Trainspotting set in the early 1980's. Good Arrows sees Cavanagh and Welsh collaborating again after having made the BAFTA nominated Dose for BBC3 and the critically acclaimed Wedding Belles for CHANNEL 4. Wedding Belles caused quite a stir after the News Of The World called for it to be banned. ZANI want to know if we can expect any controversy from Good Arrows?
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Every morning, I wake up next to Robert De Niro. He says good luck, I nod at the signed photo I am referring to and then I rise. Smiling. Guess you could say I am a bit of a fan.


Tobe (Dustin Ingram) is a lonely teenager with a heart.  Due to his build, short-sightedness, anxiety, he falls into what the Americans call a geek and the subject for bullying.  Unable to find affection and love from girls his own age,  he takes to watching porn from the early eighties to find solace and relief  for his sexual tension.
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By 1962, Tony Hancock had been absorbed into the role of the nation’s favourite comedian. The comedian’s morose dejection was in its own way, as contemporary to his day as Johnny Rotten or Liam Gallagher was to theirs. ‘Ridiculous!’ I hear you say, but rather true in fact. Take a look if you don’t believe me. Remember though, during this era of cold, post-war austerity no one previously had dared to display such affront.



Where do you start with a man whose nickname is "The King of Cool"? How on Earth can anyone be called that? I mean, it's a bit much 'init? Well, not really... 'cause it's the nickname of Steve McQueen.

 
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It was with a great sense of sadness that I learned of Sir Norman Wisdom's demise the other day. After a six month illness, at the grand old age of 95, our Norm, Norman Pitkin, the loveable Gump, quietly passed away at an Isle Of Man nursing home. A true working class hero, Norman certainly was a chap of many, many talents… his greatest being the ability to make us laugh, something he always tried very hard, sometimes too hard, to achieve…

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