9 items from 2014
Following in the footsteps of The Wicker Man, David Rudkins 1974 TV play offers a powerful portrait of adolescence and religious anguish in rural England
I am afflicted by images, by things that are seen, pictures of things, dramatist and screenwriter David Rudkin told an interviewer in 1964. They are extraordinary, momentary, but they stay with me. He was talking about his play Afore Night Come (1962), which led Kenneth Tynan to proclaim: Not since Look Back in Anger has a playwright made a debut more striking than this. But its also true of Pendas Fen, an unforgettable hybrid of horror story, rites-ofpassage spiritual quest and vision of an alternative England that has been hailed as one of the most original and vauntingly ambitious British films of the last half century.
- Sukhdev Sandhu
BAFTA’s latest Life In Pictures conversation featured British screen icon Ray Winstone, who proved a big draw despite the unseasonably warm October afternoon. With no new title to stump for (although he did mention his upcoming childhood-focused autobiography Young Winstone), the veteran instead entertained the crowd with a freewheeling look at his four-decade-long career, which includes prominent roles in films such as Noah, The Departed, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
While he had plenty of quips about his adventures in Hollywood – including an uncanny Martin Scorsese impression – Winstone spoke passionately about his work in British cinema.
Famous for playing East End tough guys – “My wife asked me why I always walk in a room looking like I’m going to kill someone” – Winstone waxed lyrical about Gary Oldman’s work directing him in the gritty 1997 drama Nil By Mouth.
That film unflinchingly looks at »
- Ali Jaafar, Special To Deadline
The U.K.’s most famous cinematic hardman, Ray Winstone, reflected on his life and career at a special BAFTA Life In Pictures event held in London on Sunday. In a good-humored Q&A, the actor spoke humbly about his first theatrical steps, revealing that his breakthrough debut role as a teenager in Scum, Alan Clarke’s gritty and violent 1977 drama about life in a British young offenders’ prison, had "nothing to do with acting." "It was the way I walked down a corridor," he said, adding that his leading role of Carlin had been written for a
- Alex Ritman
British tough-guy actor Ray Winstone is to discuss his craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Oct 5. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.
Winstone’s association with BAFTA goes back to 1980 when he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer for one of his earliest roles in drama That Summer!.
The actor first made an impact in 1977 playing a young offender in the controversial television drama Scum. He went on to star in British cult classics Quadrophenia, Nil By Mouth (for which he received his second BAFTA nomination), The War Zone and Sexy Beast.
His TV work has included BAFTA-winning Great Expectations, Emmy-winning Henry VIII »
From fizzy drink sizes to video nasties to employment law, we look at the films that had an impact on legislation as well as culture...
Some films appear in the cinema, entertain their audience, make their money, and then dutifully shuffle off into the mists of history, only to be wheeled out now and again on TV. But occasionally, one comes along that has a lasting impact, and every so often, a movie has at least some influence on an eventual change in the law.
Here, we're going to look at a few examples of that, as we examine a selection of films that have had an impact more lasting than how much they made at the box office...
★★★★☆The young male inmate rallying against the system is hardly untapped territory in film, but with Starred Up (2013) writer Jonathan Asser and director David Mackenzie have succeeded in putting a fresh spin on that schema, bolstered further by a powerhouse performance from Skins graduate Jack O'Connell. It's no surprise that the likes of Tom Hardy (Bronson) and Ray Winstone (Scum) have used the sub-genre in the past as means of launching their big screen careers. It's the kind of milieu which seems primed to showcase an actor's abilities and O'Connell more than rises to the challenge here. For the first ten minutes our lead doesn't even utter a word, yet somehow completely commands the screen.
- CineVue UK
Jack O'Connell gives an electrifying performance as a violent teenager forced to confront parental authority in prison
When inspirational director Alan Clarke cooked up an authentic television portrait of incarcerated British youth in the late 1970s, the resultant film was so alarming that it was promptly banned by the BBC. Clarke subsequently remade Scum for the cinema, and both the small- and big-screen versions of his most notorious work have since cast long shadows over their respective mediums. Plaudits, then, to David Mackenzie for fashioning a tough but empathetic (if uneven) prison drama which marks out its own territory in an arena in which Clarke's epochal work is still the daddy, even now.
Shot (but not set) in Northern Ireland on a tight schedule and even tighter budget, this eye-catching and frequently pulse-pounding drama finds high-risk young offender Eric (Jack O'Connell) being moved up to an adult prison where he »
- Mark Kermode
Mobsters, mafioso, hoodlums, gang-bangers, capos, love, betrayal, drugs, murder and money; it is all here. The very fact that organised crime has its own genre is a testament to how loved Gangster films are.
The fascination with a world that is beyond comprehension for most that watch, is something that has always been apparent in the cinematic world and thankfully it has always been brimming with incredible films to compliment the obsession.
Here, compiled for your humble discretion (with Huge spoilers), is an attempted order of the iconic moments from the very best the movie world has to offer when it comes to Gangster movies…
20. Yes, Yes, Yes! – Sexy Beast (2000)
Brutal Gangster boss Teddy Bass (McShane) sends Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) to persuade retired Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) into one last job, and hilarity ensues! In all seriousness, this film is a joy to watch, with »
- Shaun Lappin
A visceral, swaggering performance in the prison drama is set to help propel the former Skins star to stardom. He reveals why 2014 is lining up to be his big year – and why he's ready for it
Jack O'Connell is not pissing about. These are his words. He has just put in the performance of his career in prison drama Starred Up, he's shooting Angelina Jolie's Unbroken – an account of the life of Olympic runner and second-world-war hero Louis Zamperini – in which he again takes the lead, and he's about to tackle a blockbuster with Zack Snyder in 300: Rise of an Empire. He has been acting for 10 years. He's done with partying – he's ready to justify himself. He's intense and focused, older and wiser than the kid who came up through the ranks of the E4 teen drama Skins. He's 23 years old.
I meet O'Connell at the tail end »
- Henry Barnes
9 items from 2014
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