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Boxing drama 'Jawbone' punches for Us deal

19 June 2017 4:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Grindstone nabs UK drama with Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane.

Sales outfit Independent and Us buyer Grindstone Entertainment Group have closed a deal for all North American rights on Johnny Harris and Thomas Napper’s UK boxing drama Jawbone.

The film will be distributed through Lionsgate Home Entertainment in the territory.

The deal was negotiated by Grindstone’s head of acquisitions Stan Wertlieb and Independent’s head of sales Nada Cirjanic.

Jawbone marks the writing debut of Snow White And The Huntsman and This Is England actor Johnny Harris, who also stars in the film alongside Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane, with Thomas Napper making his feature directional debut.

In the movie, a former youth boxing champion (Harris) returns to his childhood boxing club in the hope of rekindling past glory after hitting rock bottom.

Music comes from Paul Weller, former frontman of The Jam. Former boxers »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jawbone review – British boxing drama packs plenty of punch

14 May 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Johnny Harris is excellent as a fighter struggling to overcome alcoholism in Thomas Napper’s debut as director

The familiar boxing movie trajectory doesn’t lessen the forceful punch of this underdog story. Written by and starring Johnny Harris, this is a strikingly accomplished portrait of a booze-sick broken soul hauling himself back up from rock bottom. It’s a feature debut from a director who has clearly made sure he’s at fighting weight: Thomas Napper honed his skills taking charge of second units for Joe Wright.

There’s a level of technical polish here that elevates this lean little story. Sound design bleeds into a satisfyingly textured score by Paul Weller. The exemplary cinematography by Tat Radcliffe favours the kind of intimacy that lets us see the pain seeping through Jimmy McCabe’s (Harris’s) skin along with the vodka sweats. In the ring, the disorienting duck and »

- Wendy Ide

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Jawbone Review

12 May 2017 5:57 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Lily Taylor

With the resurgence in boxing films over the last couple of years, sparked by the return of the Rocky franchise with Creed, we’ve also seen Southpaw, Hands of Stone and Bleed For This. By now we are familiar with the redemption arcs and comeback stories, so much so it’s become a breeze predicting the plot points and action beats when watching a boxing flick. However director Thomas Napper certainly makes an attempt for originality with his debut feature Jawbone. Written by and starring Johnny Harris, Jawbone is a contemporary, gritty, British boxing drama, and whilst you’d be right not to feel blown away by this film; it should in no way be overlooked.

Jawbone follows the story of Jimmy McCabe (Harris), who has hit rock bottom after the death of his mother, struggling with alcoholism and homelessness. Unable to regain control of his life »

- Lily Taylor

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Jawbone review: Dir. Thomas Napper (2017)

11 May 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jawbone review: Johnny Harris leads the cast and scripts this ultra-gritty British drama which truly is one of the stand-out British films of the year so far.

Jawbone review by Paul Heath.

If Ken Loach were to make a boxing film, I think it would look a lot like Jawbone. Grounded in gritty reality, the film is fiercely engaging, raw and hard-hitting from the outset.

The story revolves around Johnny Harris’ Jimmy McCabe, a down on his luck, out of work and about-to-homeless south Londoner who returns to the boxing club where he spent his youth to find some kind of solace, and, at the same time pull his life back together. There, he is encounters old mentor, club owner Bill (Ray Winstone) who reluctantly agrees to help him, just so long as he stays on the straight and narrow, and off the booze. Jimmy is almost immediately offered a »

- Paul Heath

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Movie Review – Jawbone (2017)

11 May 2017 8:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jawbone, 2017.

Directed by Thomas Napper.

Starring Johnny Harris, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley.


Boxer Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris) has hit rock bottom. A former youth boxing champion he agrees to an unlicensed fight up north, much to the disapproval of former friends Bill (Ray Winstone) and Eddie (Michael Smiley). When he begins training at Bill’s boxing club, Eddie reluctantly agrees to accompany Jimmy north to the fight and be his corner-man.

Together with The Pyramid Texts, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki and Jawbone cast the fighter of the squared ring has a rejuvenated figure, at least in the square frame of the screen. Unlike the black and white aesthetic of its compatriots, Jawbone is vivid for its colour, in as much as it refuses to pull its punches in the violence unleashed between the ropes.

Howard Hawks lamented the fact that one shouldn »

- Gary Collinson

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Jawbone Premiere Interviews: Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley, Johnny Harris & more

9 May 2017 4:36 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Last night the boxing drama Jawbone held its Premiere at the BFI Southbank with cast members Michael Smiley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and the director Thomas Napper. They were joined by the writer and star of the film Johnny Harris.

Also attending the premiere were Line of Duty star Vicky McClure, the wonderful bearded Nick Frost as well as Paul Weller, who contributed to the film’s soundtrack. Boxing consultants Barry and Shane McGuigan walked the red carpet too.

Scott Davis and Collin Hart were on the red carpet – here’s how they got on.

Jawbone Premiere Interviews

Jawbone will be released in UK cinemas on 12 May.


A brutal, poignant, and authentic movie inspired by the world of amateur boxing, with a lost soul fighting for his life at its bloody beating heart.

A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man desperately in search of hope, »

- Jon Lyus

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'McKellen: Playing The Part' gets sales deal, first clip released

28 April 2017 3:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Independent boards doc about the life and career of acting legend Ian McKellen.

London-based sales and production outfit Independent has boarded feature documentary McKellen: Playing The Part and will introduce the title to buyers at Cannes.

Watch an exclusive first clip below, or click here to watch on mobile.

Joe Stephenson (Chicken) is directing the feature about the life of revered English actor Ian McKellen, whose career has spanned nearly 50 years and has seen him Oscar nominated for roles in Gods And Monsters and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.

The film, which is based around an exclusive 14-hour interview with McKellen, will also feature archive material of the actor’s early work, and never-before-seen photography from McKellen’s private collection.

English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel has written music for the film, which also features the likes of Luke Evans, Frances Barber, Adam Brown, Scott Chambers, Milo Parker and [link »

- (Tom Grater)

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First Trailer for U.K. Boxing Drama ‘Jawbone’ With Ian McShane, Ray Winstone & More

30 January 2017 3:37 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After some lackluster boxing moves coming out of the U.S. the last few years, save Creed, it’s time for the U.K. to enter the ring. Before Paddy Considine’s Journeyman later this year, the first trailer has arrived for Jawbone, the new sports drama that features across the pond favorites Ian McShaneRay Winstone, and Michael Smiley with Johnny Harris, who also penned the script.

Helmed by Thomas Q. Napper in his directorial debut (though he’s done second unit work on pictures like AtonementInto the Woods, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast), Jawbone follows Jimmy (Harris), a former youth boxer who returns to his original gym to train once again after hitting rock bottom. What’s unclear is whether Jimmy is back to fight with a purpose, or just because he wants to get punched.

Harris looks to give a strong performance, supported by »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Blood and Geezers: Jawbone Trailer Packs A Punch

30 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Inspired by the world of amateur boxing, Jawbone tells the story of a former youth champion attempting to fight his way up from rock bottom. The directorial debut of Thomas Napper (who worked as Second Unit Director on the likes of Pan, Into the Woods, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast), the film stars Johnny Harris alongside grizzled hard-men Ray Winstone and Ian McShane. Further behind the scenes talent comes in the shape of former World Champion Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan, acting as Boxing Consultants, and a soundtrack from the legendary Paul Weller. Check out the synopsis and trailer below. A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man desperately in search of hope, but looking in all the wrong...

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First trailer for hard-hitting boxing drama Jawbone

30 January 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A trailer has debuted for director Thomas Napper’s upcoming British boxing drama Jawbone which stars Johnny Harris, Michael Smiley, Ray Winstone, and Ian McShane; take a look below after the official synopsis…

A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man desperately in search of hope, but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill (Ray Winstone) cornerman Eddie (Michael Smiley) and promoter Joe (Ian McShane). In a battle between fear and faith, Jimmy risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world.

Jawbone is set for release on March 17th. »

- Amie Cranswick

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First trailer for Boxing drama Jawbone with Ray Winstone & Ian McShane

30 January 2017 2:31 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Boxing and the movies are no strangers to each other; not too far away on the horizon is Jawbone – which stars Jimmy Harris in its lead and Ray Winstone as a big-hearted boxing gym owner – a British boxing story that may have you feeling a little punch drunk with its gloomy and heartfelt first trailer.

We all know audiences are a bit of a sucker for the storyline of the down and out boxer who makes a passionate fighting comeback against the odds. Our last venture into this world was with Bleed For This starring Miles Teller towards the tail end of last year but nothing can quite live up to the high standards the Rocky spin-off Creed achieved recently. Will Jawbone with its Great British grit and determination pack an almighty punch for lovers of the genre? Time will tell.

Related: Ray Winstone Interview on The Gunman »

- Zehra Phelan

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Glasgow Film Festival returns with bumper line-up by Luke Shaw - 2017-01-18 23:15:43

18 January 2017 3:15 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Gff opening film Handsome Devil

2017 is off to an incendiary start with the launch of the Glasgow Film Festival, as Joe Aitken of Glasgow City Marketing, Jen Armitage of Creative Scotland and Eva Wright of Events Scotland team up with co-directors Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter to introduce us to a host of scintillating premières, one off screenings, and festival circuit gems.

Before the teasers are underway, the team are quick to remind us that the Glasgow Film Festival maintained its record high of 40,000 attendees from 2015 to 2016, a far cry from the original 6000. Despite the troubled political and economic atmosphere at present, it’s fantastic to see such a stalwart event bring the Glasgow community together in a celebration of cinema.

This year the audience award is front and centre, with Hope Dickson Eache’s family tragedy The Levelling, and Thomas Napper’s boxing film Jawbone, being tipped for success, »

- Luke Shaw

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