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North v South review – Romeo and Juliet caught up in gang war

Despite its semi-interesting premise, a new take on star-crossed lovers, Steven Nesbit’s low-budget Brit gangster flick fails to deliver

This week’s geezerfest has a semi-interesting premise – dividing up a bizarro Britain along Romeo and Juliet lines, as blossoming young love threatens the tenuous truce between regional heavies – but no sense of how to develop it. Instead, variably grizzled types (Bernard Hill and Freema Agyeman repping the north; Steven Berkoff and Keith Allen the south) sit around picking their teeth and casually lobbing C-bombs at one another, while a florid Elliott Tittensor voiceover strives to assure us the stakes are being raised. With writer-director Steve Nesbit preoccupied with delaying his under-budgeted action, an odd listlessness takes over: you just want Danny Dyer to stroll on and tell everyone to stop poncing about.

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Trailer for British crime thriller North v South

Last week we brought you an exclusive clip from Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting British thriller North v South [watch it here], and now ahead of its release later this month we have the official trailer; check it out here…

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

North v South is on general release from October 16th, with a cast that includes Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi.
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Exclusive clip from hard-hitting British thriller North v South

To celebrate the upcoming release of Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting British thriller North v South – which had its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival and is set for general release later this month – we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, which you can watch below…

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

North v South is on general release from October 16th, with a cast that includes Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi.
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Emilia Clarke’s ‘Spike Island’ Set for U.S. Distribution by Level 33

Emilia Clarke’s ‘Spike Island’ Set for U.S. Distribution by Level 33
Level 33 Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to coming-of-age story “Spike Island,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke, Variety has learned exclusively.

Level 33 plans a theatrical release in May.

Elliott Tittensor, Rob James-Collier (“Downton Abbey”), Lesley Manville (“Maleficent”) and Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner”) also star along with Adam Long, Oliver Heald, Antonia Thomas, Michael Socha, Jordan Murphy and Nico Mirallegro.

The film, which was released in 2013 in the U.K. by Universal Pictures and Vertigo Films, also features the songs of the British rock band the Stone Roses.

Mat Whitecross (“Road to Guantanamo”) directed from Chris Coghill’s script. Producers are Esther Douglas and Fiona Neilson.

The story centers on members of a wannabe rock band in Manchester who hatch a plan to hand-deliver their demo tape to their idols, the Stone Roses, at the band’s impending gig at Spike Island. When the friends’ tickets fail to materialize,
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‘The Selfish Giant’ – Chris’ Review

Stars: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Ralph Ineson, Ian Burfield, Lorraine Ashbourne, Elliott Tittensor, Siobhan Finneran | Written and Directed by Clio Barnard

This film was first brought to my attention when I saw some guerrilla marketing in and around Bradford, England, the place in which The Selfish Giant was set and filmed. I’m from West Yorkshire so I was interested to see the region represented and was curious about the story too.

Written and directed by Clio Barnard (The Arbor), The Selfish Giant follows the two characters of Arbor and Swifty, two young Yorkshire lads who, after being excluded from their school for fighting, take to the streets in their local area in Bradford and stumble on a scrap dealer named Kitten (Sean Gilder) who puts them to work collecting scrap metal for him, which they can weigh-in and get some money for. Based on the actual occurrence
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‘The Selfish GIant’ DVD Review

Stars: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Ralph Ineson, Ian Burfield, Lorraine Ashbourne, Elliott Tittensor, Siobhan Finneran | Written and Directed by Clio Barnard

There is something disarming about stories that deal with childhood friendships, especially ones that are filmed close to where you live. The Selfish Giant was filmed around the city of Bradford, so there is a familiarity to the landscapes that I see in the movie as I live there. What is more effective is the natural acting of two boys plucked out of obscurity showing a friendship that is all too real and all too painful at the end.

The Selfish Giant is based on an Oscar Wilde short story, and after watching the film you’ll find yourself wanting to read the tale to compare the two. For the film though it tells the story of Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Brought together as
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The British Invasion – Festival du Film de Dinard 2013

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“I knew next to nothing about Dinard, and also it’s just me and the producer here and she didn’t really tell me anything.” It’s a warm October day in the French village of Dinard, and Chloe Pirrie, star of the acclaimed Brit-flick Shell is talking with me about her experiences of the town’s festival of British film.” “It’s much more chilled out, and schedules are much less rigid”, she continues, “and general conveying of people from one place to another is much less rigid than I’ve ever experienced before”

And she’s not alone. The festival has an incredibly relaxed atmosphere, where any sense of formality is subverted by a combination of small-town friendliness and free-flowing drink. In the most pleasant way possible, it’s utterly bizarre. As Spike Island writer, Chris Coghill puts it, “Technically we’re supposed to be in competition with each other,
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World War Z, Before Midnight, Spike Island: this week's new films

World War Z | Before Midnight | Spike Island | Fire In The Night | Like Someone In Love | Snitch | I Am Nasrine | The Seasoning House | Shun Li and The Poet | Black Rock | I Am Breathing | A Haunted House

World War Z (15)

(Marc Forster, 2013, Us/Mal) Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale. 116 mins

In the end, the much-reported delays, reshoots and overspend have at least resulted in a watchable disaster epic, even if this brings little to the zombie apocalypse party save for a huge guest list. Forster's film finds Pitt pitted against insect-like hordes of the sprinting dead, as his Un agent trots round the globe trying to trace the source of the epidemic, save his family and avoid getting chomped. Mild spoiler alert: blame Wales.

Before Midnight (15)

(Richard Linklater, 2013, Us) Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Walter Lassally. 109 mins

A satisfying return for the comfortable screen couple, now together but burdened by history,
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Spike Island – review

Mat Whitecross's film about the legendary Stone Roses gig acts as a B-side to Shane Meadows' recent documentary

Mat Whitecross made a real impression in 2010 with his excellent biopic of Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. While this new film isn't quite as distinctive, it's a heartfelt picture with the right kind of energy and sentimental euphoria, about a bunch of lads in 1990 desperate to get to the Stone Roses' now increasingly legendary gig. The period is intensely evoked (although I'm not certain people said "soz" and "tomoz" in those days) and the film acts as a B-side to Shane Meadows' mighty documentary.

Elliott Tittensor plays Tits, a wannabe singer and Roses-worshipper, whose parents (Steve Evets and Lesley Manville) are bowed down by illness. Poor, lonely Tits has made a massive personal investment in getting into the Stone Roses gig, by any means necessary. Jodie Whittaker has
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'Spike Island' review: Stone Roses inspire teens in gentle drama

'Spike Island' review: Stone Roses inspire teens in gentle drama
Director: Mat Whitecross; Screenwriter Chris Coghill; Starring: Elliott Tittensor, Nico Mirallegro, Jordan Murphy, Adam Long, Emilia Clarke; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: 15

Earlier this month, Shane Meadows's heartfelt documentary Made of Stone bucked expectations by focusing as much on the fans in the ticket queue as on the Stone Roses themselves, and emerged as more an affectionate reminiscence than a journalistic document. Mat Whitecross's 1990-set Spike Island makes no claims to be documenting anything, except for a certain kind of devoted teenage fandom, and while it's far from revolutionary as a coming-of-age story, its game young cast elevate even the clichés.

Manc teens Tits (Matthew McNulty) and Dodge (Nico Mirallegro) are lead singer and guitarist, standing in for Ian Brown and John Squire in an indie band that might as well be a straight-up Roses tribute act, but instead call themselves Shadowcatcher. They're hellbent on getting to Spike Island,
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Spike Island Review

Director: Mat Whitecross

Cast: Elliott Tittensor, Emilia Clarke, Matthew McNulty, Nico Mirallegro

Running time: 96 minutes

Plot: Between trying to finish their demo tape and chatting up girls, 5 Manchester lads get together to try and sneak their way onto Spike Island, with one thing in mind – to get into the infamous The Stone Roses gig.

With Spike Island being placed in the Lff ‘Sonic’ category, and with Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock’N'roll) at the helm, you’re guaranteed an unapologetic, manic party for your ears. That’s exactly what this film delivers, in the form of a pounding, overwhelming 1990s soundtrack, populated by the plot’s main focus: The Stone Roses.

Gary aka Tits (Tittensor) and Dodge (Mirallegro) – best friends since forever. Along with the the other guys in their band, the boys have three things on their minds: getting their demo finished, getting girlfriends and getting into The Stone Roses gig,
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Entertaining Trailer For Stone Roses-Inspired Film ‘Spike Island’

The Stone Roses really happened just before the Britpop explosion that ruled my life in the mid-90s but their influence was everywhere in those early sounds of endless bands around in the era. The likes of Suede, Blur, The Charlatans and even Oasis had tinges of the Madchester scene that couldn’t be ignored as it took over the grip of grunge up North.

Here we’ve got the UK trailer for Spike Island, the life-changing gathering of 27,000 people in Widnes back in May of 1990. The event at the time wasn’t exactly a perfect success due to numerous problems with sound and tech, but it lives on in the memory for many as the archetypal ‘you had to be there‘ event, and why not.

In the film version of events, it’s a nice and simple setup as we follow five 16-year-old lads from Manchester. It’s got
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Spike Island: 'It's not about the Stone Roses, it's about loving the Stone Roses'

Bowlcuts, wide trousers, bad weather – it's Madchester all over again as Laura Barton spends a day in a field with the makers of Spike Island, a film about a legendary Stone Roses show

Once the birthplace of the British chemical industry and later a toxic wasteground, the area of reclaimed woodland and wetland known as Spike Island gained a certain notoriety in May 1990 as the venue for the Stone Roses' Sunset Sunday gig. With a crowd of 27,000, the show in this once-industrial area of Widnes in Cheshire has become the stuff of Madchester legend, rhapsodised, euologised, recounted ad infinitum. This summer, that gig and the band's later reunion are commemorated in two film releases: Made of Stone, a documentary made by Shane Meadows; and Spike Island, a drama directed by Matt Whitecross.

I visited the set of the latter during shooting on a bitter spring day last year, finding the quiet parkland cluttered with trailers,
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'Shameless': The final episode - Was it a hit or a miss?

It ended the only way that Shameless could. With a car on fire, a pub-load of punters and families partying, a police chase and the overwhelming message that even in the worst situations and with the worst people, there is always something holding us together. Family matters.

Paul Abbott's comedy drama has spanned an impressive 11 series and despite many cast departures, the show has maintained a loyal audience and tonight's (May 28) finale delivered a treat for those who have stuck with the show from the very start.

Anne-Marie Duff, Dean Lennox Kelly, Elliott Tittensor, Jody Latham and Kelli Hollis all returned for one last jaunt around the Chatsworth Estate, while the episode managed to squeeze in a birth, a funeral, an extended Frank Gallagher rant about overpaid footballers and technology-obsessed kids and a brilliant line about Jesus ("He never had a wife. God as his father. Silver spoon up the arse that one.
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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

American detectives. Russian spies. Brits who are just a little bit off - Tube Talk's latest edition of Must-See TV has gone global!

Honourable mentions this week go to two shows that are not exactly 'appointment viewing', but still should give us a good laugh - the new series of sports quiz A League of Their Own (Wednesday, May 29 at 8pm on Sky1) and the perma-tanned Towie lot taking us on their hols in The Only Way Is Marbs (Sunday, June 2 at 10pm on ITV2).

Britain's Got Talent: Monday (May 27) at 7.30pm on ITV

Prepare for close to the bone 'My Simon' jokes from David Walliams and little kids sobbing, because Britain's Got Talent goes live this week with six nights of semi-finals.

As our Must-See TV rundown goes up before the final 45 are revealed on ITV tonight (May 26), we can't brief you on which acts from the series
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The First Trailer for Spike Island

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Earlier today we put up the exclusive poster for the movie that Stone Roses fans are going to love, Spike Island! Vertigo have released the first trailer for the film which comes from screenwriter Chris Coghill. It’s directed by Mat Whitecross and stars Elliott Tittensor, Nico Mirallegro, Jordan Murphy, Adam Long and Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame although you may not recogniose her when you see her in this!

Check out the trailer below, I think you’re gonna love it and if you missed them, have a watch of our interviews with the cast and filmmakers at the UK Premiere from the London Fim Festival last year.

School is nearly out for summer (and forever) for our lads – five Stone Roses fans from Manchester. Nothing will stop our boys from seeing their heroes on stage. This is the story of their journey to Widnes and the
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'Spike Island' trailer: Legendary Stone Roses concert in new film

'Spike Island' trailer: Legendary Stone Roses concert in new film
A trailer for Spike Island has been released.

Directed by Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), the coming-of-age drama focuses on a group of five Manchester teenagers in 1990.

With musical aspirations of their own, the group hatch a plan to deliver a demo tape to their idols, the Stone Roses, at the band's legendary Spike Island concert.

Elliott Tittensor and Nico Mirallegro lead the film's young cast, which also includes Jordan Murphy, Adam Long, Oliver Heald and Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

> Stone Roses movie tickets sell out in under a minute

> The Stone Roses confirm secret London show - ticket details

Spike Island premiered at the London Film Festival last year, and will be released in the UK on June 21. View Stone Roses's career in pictures below:
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Exclusive: UK Poster for Spike Island

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Here’s a movie that we’ve been very much looking forward to ever since it we spoke to Emilia Clark for the Game of Thrones Season 1 DVD release a year ago! Spike Island is directed by Mat Whitecross with a screenplay from Chris Coghill and stars Elliott Tittensor, Nico Mirallegro, Jordan Murphy, Adam Long and Emilia Clarke. The movie focuses on a group of 5 friends who all decide that no matter that they’re going to attend a Stone Roses gig.

We attended the premiere at the London Film Festival late last year and if you missed, them, you can catch out interviews with the cast and filmmakers here. The film gets it’s UK release June 21st and we’ll have a review of it on the site as soon as possible. A trailer will be dropping for the movie later today so keep your eyes peeled for that.
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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

Stuck with what to watch on TV this week? Never fear, Tube Talk is here with our guide to all the best bits on the box, so make sure your remote's in hand and your planner of choice is ready for action.

Highlights this time include the beginning of the end for Shameless, the return of procedural juggernaut CSI and the arrival of Simon Cowell's scrumptious new reality show Food Glorious Food.

CSI: Tuesday (February 26) at 9pm on Channel 5

Believe it or not, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is pretty much the biggest show in the world nowadays, so the arrival of its 13th season on Channel 5 is bound to excite just a few of you...or at least your mums and aunties.

The Las Vegas criminalists' first case is one that's close to home, as Ted Danson's Russell and the rest of the team set out to rescue his granddaughter,
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Anne-Marie Duff returning to Shameless

Anne-Marie Duff is returning to 'Shameless'. The 42-year-old actress will make a return to the Channel 4 drama series for its very last episode, it has been announced. Anne-Marie - who departed her role of Fiona Gallagher eight years ago during the show's second series - will be joined in returning for the finale by other show favourites, including Jody Latham and Elliott Tittensor, who played her brothers Lip and Carl. The plot will see the Gallagher children ''summoned to show solidarity'' for their dad, Frank (David Threlfall). A spokesperson for the show - which is set on the fictional Chatsworth estate in Manchester
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