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4 items from 2016


Orthodox DVD Review: “An intriguing boxing-crime drama”

13 May 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: David Leon

Starring: Stephen Graham, Michael Smiley, Rebecca Callard, Giacomo Mancini, Christopher Fairbank

The last time I watched Stephen Graham he was on screen in Boardwalk Empire playing a baby-faced, volatile Al Capone. These qualities stand him in good stead for this low-key debut feature from actor-turned-helmer David Leon. Graham takes the lead as Benjamin, an unconventional character from the orthodox Jewish community, who makes his way in the world using his fists rather than his reason.

Having opposed his upbringing by resorting to violence in order to solve his problems, he has been nurtured by slimy surrogate father Shannon (Michael Smiley), who’s made money from Ben’s “talents” as a bare knuckle boxer. Graham is trapped in this lifestyle due to his butcher’s shop’s mounting debts and it’s about to get worse. His parasitic mentor puts him in hot water when he sends him »

- Steve Palace

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Orthodox review – absurd tale of a Jewish boxer on the ropes

18 February 2016 2:45 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The ever-watchable Stephen Graham isn’t enough to save this gloomy and insubstantial British drama

This gloomily lit drama (shot in Newcastle, seemingly on the darkest day of the year, with only a sputtering 20w bulb for illumination) revolves around Benjamin (Stephen Graham), who was once a proud son of an Orthodox Jewish community but now finds himself on the edges of its society. Benjamin has been semi cast out for pursuing his passion for boxing – now indulged for money in grubby illegal bare-knuckle fights – and for marrying a non-Jew (Rebecca Callard). He reaps yet more grief when he agrees to help his slimy goy manager (Michael Smiley) burn down a slum property, owned, it just so happens, by the menacing leader of the Orthodox community (Christopher Fairbank, channelling a cross between Don Corleone and Fagin).

It’s absurd material, very obviously overstretched, beyond breaking point, from its origins as a short. »

- Leslie Felperin

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Posters for Orthodox featuring Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley

15 February 2016 2:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month we brought you the trailer for the upcoming boxing drama Orthodox [watch it here], and now we have a couple of posters featuring Stephen Graham (This Is England) and Michael Smiley (Kill List); check them out here…

An Orthodox Jewish boy is persecuted and bullied for his faith. He turns to Boxing as a means of self defence. As an adult,his choice alienates him from the Jewish community pushing him towards the fringe of society and an involvement in unlicensed boxing.

Tangled up in a web of criminal activity, he makes an immoral decision in order to provide for his family and as a result goes to prison leading to the loss of those he loves. Once released he is determined to rehabilitate and right the wrongs which led to his downfall.

He finds a way back into community life through his old boxing gym, where a devastating truth about »

- Gary Collinson

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Trailer for boxing drama Orthodox starring Stephen Graham

21 January 2016 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director David Leon’s upcoming British boxing drama Orthodox which stars Stephen Graham. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: First stills from Orthodox

An Orthodox Jewish boy is persecuted and bullied for his faith. He turns to Boxing as a means of self defence. As an adult,his choice alienates him from the Jewish community pushing him towards the fringe of society and an involvement in unlicensed boxing.

Tangled up in a web of criminal activity, he makes an immoral decision in order to provide for his family and as a result goes to prison leading to the loss of those he loves. Once released he is determined to rehabilitate and right the wrongs which led to his downfall.

He finds a way back into community life through his old boxing gym, »

- Amie Cranswick

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