8 items from 2013
Stars: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Daniel Mays, David Morrissey, Peter Mullan, Natasha Little, Daniel Kaluuya, Ruth Sheen, Jason Flemyng | Written and Directed by Eran Creevy
Directors making a step up in their second film seems to be becoming a micro-trend of late. For example, Marc Webb went from manic pixie dream girl rom-com (500) Days of Summer to mega-budget franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man and Gareth Edwards is currently finishing up shooting on his risky Godzilla reboot for Warners after creating much of his first feature Monsters essentially in his own house. While not as much of a seismic shift as those two examples, this general rule still applies to Eran Creevy, a man who went from the Film London Microwave scheme funded Shifty to his second feature, the Ridley Scott backed, impressively cast action-thriller Welcome To The Punch, a film which while not quite being a revolution in Britflicks, »
- Ian Loring
Jon Drever makes his directorial debut on the film based on his short about a postman who gains superpowers after a meteor crash.
The shy man struggles to balance saving the world with his personal dating woes.
Superbob will be shooting in London this month. »
The Fyzz Facility, Grain Media and Jones Company have started principal photography for romantic comedy Superbob.
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The film will shoot throughout July on locations across London.
The cast features Brett Goldstein (Derek), Catherine Tate (Doctor Who), Natalia Tena (Game Of Thrones), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie), Ruth Sheen (Run Fat Boy Run) and Ricky Grover (Getting On).
The plot follows a London postman who gets superpowers after a meteor crashes to earth. But he’s still bad at dealing with women, and has to prepare for his first date in six years.
Jon Drever makes his feature debut after directing a short of the same name. The writers are Goldstein and Will Bridges.
Drever said: “I feel so lucky that this story has attracted such a cast of brilliant comic actors and am »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Catherine Tate ("Doctor Who"), Natalia Tena ("Game Of Thrones"), Laura Haddock ("The Inbetweeners Movie"), Ruth Sheen ("Run Fat Boy Run"), Ricky Grover ("Getting On") are joining the British comedy caper "Superbob" at Fyzz Facility, Grain Media and Jonescompany Productions.
The story follows a shy London postman (Brett Goldstein) whose encounter with a radioactive meteor gives him new superpowers. As he tries to balance the increasing demands of the international community with preparations for his first date in years, a film crew arrives to document his day off. [Source: Heat Vision]
Timur Bekmambetov produces what is being described as a stylized action movie with Copley killing bad guys and saving damsels. [Source: Chicago Tribune]
- Garth Franklin
Knockout Loss: Creevy’s Sophomore Effort Easy and Breezy
After crafting his 2008 Riz Ahmed starring debut Shifty from personal experiences, director Eran Creevy turns to the heist genre for his sophomore effort, Welcome to the Punch. Featuring a salivating mix of some of the best character actors from the UK, this glossy effort, which Creevy also wrote, is an altogether steady if somewhat unenthralling exercise in convention. The Ridley Scott produced venture can’t avoid feeling like an appetizer before the real meal, unfortunately, its bland title referencing the name of the self storage unit where key scenes and plot points transpire.
Opening in the middle of a high adrenaline heist, detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) gets shot down by his arch nemesis, Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) a criminal mastermind that has eluded the indefatigable detective for some time. Three years later, Lewinsky has a bruised reputation and a bum »
- Nicholas Bell
Eran Creevy’s debut feature, the micro-budget urban thriller Shifty, announced the director as one of British filmmaking’s most promising talents. Coming good on that promise, Creevy is back with Welcome to the Punch; a London-set action movie in the vein of Infernal Affairs, simultaneously evoking the style of Michael Mann, Tony Scott and John Woo.
We’re immediately thrown into a high stakes game of cops and robbers, as James McAvoy’s Detective Max Lewinsky pursues criminal mastermind Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) across our crisply shot capital. The pre-titl showdown between the pair sees Sternwood ultimately putting a bullet in the hot-headed Lewinsky’s knee and escaping with his retirement fund.
But a few years later, with Lewinsky still draining fluid from his shattered knee, Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic retreat when his son is involved with a heist gone wrong, and the »
- Joe Cunningham
Following on the success of the BAFTA nominated Shifty, Eran Creevy returns with his much awaited second feature Welcome to the Punch, and ahead of the films theatrical release, we caught up with the rising star.
Creevy talks about his influences, how he managed to attract such a stellar cast of British performers – such as James McAvoy (interview going live tomorrow), Mark Strong (our interview with Mark up here) and Peter Mullan – as well as discussing the invaluable assistance provided to him from his executive producer Ridley Scott. The young filmmaker, who is bound to have a bright future ahead of him, also tells us about his third project Autobahn – though his casting remains a secret for now.
Apparently there was a lot of buzz around the screenplay, which is exceptional as it’s only your second film. How do you create buzz like that?
What it was, after we made my first film Shifty, »
- Stefan Pape
"Hot Fuzz" aside, the history of the British cop/action film is not a glorious one. Indeed, it's hard to think of a truly successful picture that plays it straight, especially with recent disappointments like "Blitz" and "The Sweeney" fresh in the memory. But there's one sneaking up that we've had high hopes for for some time. "Welcome To The Punch" marks the sophomore feature from director Eran Creevy, whose 2008 flick "Shifty" marked one of the more impressive British debuts of the last few years. And it won him a much bigger canvas to play with the second time around, with Ridley Scott producing his action-thriller, inspired by films like "Heat" and "The Last Boy Scout." And he's assembled an impressive cast, many of whom are featured in five new images from the film recently released, including James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan, Johnny Harris and Ruth Sheen, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
8 items from 2013
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