8 items from 2015
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)
8 items from 2015
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