13 items from 2015
Tovey said that the decision to cancel Jimmy McGovern's gritty historical series was "a sad day for drama".
The history of Australia will have to tell it's story without us - #banished on @BBCTwo has ended it's adventure.. Sad day for drama x
— russell tovey (@russelltovey) May 5, 2015
Banished offered an uncompromising look at life in 18th century Australia, with tensions high between officers and convicts. Starring Tovey, MyAnna Buring, Rory McCann and Julian Rhind-Tutt, the series opened to overnight audiences of 3.4 million in March.
"I think all of us would love to rejoin this story and be a part of it again," MyAnna Buring, who played Elizabeth Quinn, told Digital Spy. "Some stories that you tell, they become very close to your heart - and this is one of those."
"The natives have got »
Scavenger’s Song: Johnson’s Chilling, Stylized Sophomore Feature
Opening with a brooding, atmospheric ambience as we drift through a throbbing drug bust set to an electric synth score, Gerard Johnson’s exciting sophomore film, Hyena, recalls early 80’s efforts from the likes of Abel Ferrara or Michael Mann, an exciting concoction of style and tone overlaying familiar narrative tropes. Though the film doesn’t quite maintain this level of elation, dipping into a customary groove that reveals little outside of the inevitable consequences that accompany the actions we see here, Johnson proves to be a promisingly abrasive new voice coming out of the UK. Utilizing the talents of DoP Benjamin Kracun (For Those in Peril, 2013), and bringing along composer Matt Johnson and editor Ian Davies from his 2009 debut, serial killer film Tony, the end result is an unsettling nightmare sporting an arresting energy often absent from trajectories so recognizable. »
- Nicholas Bell
Ironically enough, BBC Two's drama series Banished took no prisoners - the latest effort from BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern was an uncompromising look at life in 18th century Australia, with tensions high between officers and convicts.
But were you gripped til tonight's final episode - or did you find Banished too grim to swallow? Digital Spy wants to hear your thoughts on the seven-parter - so leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Let us know if you'd like to see more Banished too - there are certainly plans on McGovern's part to bring the series back, with his cast speaking enthusiastically to DS about the idea.
"I think all of us would love to rejoin this story and be a part of it again," said MyAnna Buring, who played Elizabeth Quinn. "Some stories that you tell, they become very close to your heart - and this is one of those. »
Tommy (Rhind-Tutt) is due to be hanged, and all comes to a head as he reconciles with his wife. Meanwhile James (Tovey) faces the hardest decision of his life.
UK premiere of the documentary series examining the life of property tycoon Robert Durst, who has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years.
Featuring interviews with Durst himself, who speaks about the accusations for the first time, expect an intense look at the man behind the empire.
Andy (Pemberton) takes a job at Comfort Support Line's call centre, a helpline for the lonely and desperate. »
TV Picks: BBC America’s critically-acclaimed and BAFTA nominated original British drama Ripper Street returns in April. Picking up in 1894, four years after the culmination of season two, the new season reveals a vivid and sensual descent into the lives of the men and women who must live on the violent streets of Whitechapel in late Victorian London.Ripper Street premieres Wednesday, April 29, 10:00pm Et on BBC America. Matthew Macfadyen returns as Detective Inspector Reid, Jerome Flynn as the newly promoted Detective Inspector Bennet Drake, and Adam Rothenberg as Captain Homer Jackson. MyAnna Buring also returns as Long Susan in […] »
- April Neale
Banished, the first commission from Australian cable channel BBC First, premiered on BBC2 last week, winning its timeslot but failing to impress many UK critics.
Reviewers derided the First Fleet saga created by Jimmy McGovern as soppy,. heavy-handed and, in parts, unintentionally funny.
The 7-part drama, produced by See-Saw Films and McGovern and producing partner Sita Williams, stars David Wenham as Governor Arthur Phillip, a pragmatic idealist who hopes to turn the penal colony into land of opportunity for all.. It will debut on BBC First in June.
Joseph Milson plays his nemesis Major Ross, who believes the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist. Ryan Corr and Adam Nagaitis play privates, Ewen Bremner is a pious priest with Genevieve O.Reilly as his selfless wife and Brooke Harman as Governor Phillip.s housekeeper. Cast as convicts are Orla Brady, Joanna Vanderham, »
- Don Groves
Hyena is a gritty, brutal crime drama, but sadly, not one that really works.
Gerald Johnson's London crime drama Hyena stretches the definition of 'good copper' by some distance. Our anti-hero, Michael Logan, is not morally upstanding as much as he is competent and the film is open about that from the very beginning.
Michael (Peter Ferdinando) is the corrupt, substance abusing leader of a corrupt, substance abusing task force in a corrupt, mostly substance abusing Met. After he sees a contact murdered in front of him by a pair of Albanian brothers called the Kabashis, (Orli Shuka and Gjevat Kelmendi) who have designs on the London drug trade, his chickens all come home to roost at once.
Aside from being reassigned to the command of former partner David Knight (Stephen Graham) and having Internal Affairs' Taylor (Richard Dormer) breathing down his neck, Michael realises that the Albanians are also trafficking people, »
BAFTA-winning writer Jimmy McGovern returns to British television to tell the story of the first settlers in Australia - British officers and convicts, all lost and endlessly at odds.
Be sure to tune in for another instalment of E4's excellent companion series Banana at 10pm too.
Ross Kemp: Extreme World: Sky1, 9pm
It's the last in the current series of Kemp's scintillating documentary series, which presents an unbiased look at troubled territories at home and abroad.
Tonight, Ross examines how British seaside towns have become a dumping ground and an easy target for drug dealers. »
Setting his new series in 18th century Australia might seem like a departure for Jimmy McGovern - the BAFTA-winning writer renowned for using drama to address issues plaguing contemporary Britain.
"Jimmy adores the people he writes and he knows intrinsically who each of these people are, and the way that those characters interweave is inherent to him," Tovey suggests.
Buring - speaking to DS a few days later - is similarly effusive about McGovern: "He just gets straight down to the nitty-gritty of what it means to be human.
"You can be in the future, »
Ahead of its UK release this Friday, we’ve got a first look clip from the gritty British police corruption thriller Hyena, which which features a cast that includes Peter Ferdinando, Elisa Lasowski, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, and Richard Dormer. Check it out below…
“Plain clothes detective Michael (Peter Ferdinando) runs a task force targeting the capital’s drug-dealing underworld. But these are no honest coppers. In fact, they’re happy to strike deals with gangsters. Michael himself even invests in their criminal enterprises. But this cosy set-up changes dramatically with the arrival on the scene of two violent Albanian brothers, sparking a vicious turf war. Matters are further complicated when Michael falls for Ariana (Elisa Lasowski), who’s been trafficked by the Albanians, and an internal investigation threatens to expose his corruption.”
Hyena is released in cinemas on Friday.
- Gary Collinson
Garnering comparison to classic crime films like The Long Good Friday, Gerard Johnson’s sophomore feature, Hyena looks a stylish, brutal affair. Find its new poster, below. Though living within the realm of harsh, neon crime, Hyena boasts a horror pedigree. The cast features Kill List vets Neil Maskell and MyAnna Buring, while writer/director Johnson and star Peter Ferdinando first…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Peter Ferdinando has offered ace supporting turns to Jack O’Connell in Starred-Up and Ben Wheatley’s coterie of Civil War malcontents in A Field In England. Hyena, a cop thriller set in the Big Smoke, gives him a long overdue turn in the spotlight. The film has a moody new poster to sell its wares. Gerard Johnson’s last film, Tony, saw Ferdinando playing a serial killer who did very nasty things to people before dumping them into the Thames. This time around he’s on the other side of the law. Well, supposedly. As Michael Logan, a police officer with a drug habit and the loosest sense of morality on the Met, he’s up against a bunch of Albanian gangsters even more crooked than he is. “An antihero for our times” is how the film bills him.Stephen Graham slots in alongside him as a copper on the take, »
The London venue may be demolished to make way for a Crossrail ticket hall.
A petition in support of London’s Curzon Soho is gathering pace following reports that the arthouse cinema may face demolition.
The petition, hosted by 38 Degrees, generated close to 6,500 signatures in 24 hours after it was revealed that the cinema may be knocked down to make way for the £25bn Crossrail 2 development.
Transport for London (TfL) said the Curzon was needed to build a ticket hall and entrance into the new Crossrail 2 station. Plans show that nearby Soho Square would be cordoned off and used as a builders’ depot during works which could take 10 years to complete.
Organisers plan to email the petition to Crossrail developers and the Mayor of London as well as Curzon management.
A statement »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
13 items from 2015
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