17 items from 2014
To mark the release of The Hooligan Factory on 14th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
The Hooligan Factory lovingly spoofs The Football Factory, Green Street, The Firm and many more. Director, writer, and star Nick Nevern (The Sweeney, Mrs Browns Boys D’Movie) is joined by Jason Maza (Shifty, Rise of the Footsoldier), who also produced.
The film tells the story of Danny (Jason Maza), who wants something more from life. Expelled from school and living in his Grandfather’s flat, he longs to live up to the image of his estranged father ‘Danny Senior’. Meanwhile legendary football hooligan ‘Dexter’ (Nick Nevern) is about to be released from prison and is on a quest of his own, one of vengeance against his nemesis and rival firm leader ‘The Baron’. But when Danny’s and Dexter’s paths cross they embark on a journey as old as hooliganism itself. »
Etheria Film Night 2014 is home to the North American premiere of Axelle Carolyn's Soulmate, but that's not all of the fest's riches. There's also its short films, which include Sarah Doyle’s “You and Me & Her,” Rose McGowan’s “Dawn,” and Danis Goulet’s “Wakening.”
The event begins at 4Pm Pt on Saturday, July 12th, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Soulmate North American premiere will be followed by a Q&A with director Carolyn conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Fangoria),
The short film screenings will be followed by a Q&A conducted by Brea Grant (“Heroes,” "Dexter") with directors McGowan, Doyle, Rebecca Thomson (“The Jelly Wrestler”), and Gigi Saul Guerrero (“Dia de los Muertos”).
Director Lexi Alexander (Punisher: Warzone, Green Street Hooligans) will receive the 2014 Etheria Inspiration Award for her action and science fiction film work. The evening will include a cocktail reception and red carpet event sponsored by Monstrosity Films, »
- Debi Moore
Ahead of The Hooligan Factory’s UK release next Friday, FlickeringMyth.com’s very own Luke Owen had a chance to sit down with two of the spoof movie’s stars – writer, director and actor Nick Nevern (Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan) and fellow star Jason Maza (Fish Tank). The British comedy is a parody of the football hooligan genre (Green Street, Football Factory, etc), following an ambitious young man (Maza) who crosses paths with Dex (Nick Nevern) – a football hooligan legend on a quest for revenge. Together, the pair attempt to re-establish their firm, the titular ‘Hooligan Factory.’ Watch Luke ask all the difficult questions below – like, who really does have cinema’s greatest moustache?
(Warning: Strong language and adult content.)
You can buy tickets for the world premiere on Monday June 9th (featuring live comedy by Russell Kane and Dapper Laughs) here.
The film is written and directed by Nevern, »
- Oliver Davis
Ahead of the World Premiere of The Hooligan Factory on Monday 9th June in London, we’ve been given these seven new posters for the movie to debut to the interwebs! The Hooligan Factory stars Jason Maza (Shifty, Rise of the Footsoldier) who Produced the film alongside Nick Nevern who not only stars but wrote and directed. Check out the new posters below which have a rather fun Top Trump esk theme to them! Not sure what our hooligan level would be! We’ve also placed the trailer. The movie hits UK cinemas 13th June.
The Hooligan Factory, a laugh-out-loud comedy tribute to one of Britain’s most successful home-grown genres, the football hooligan movie, will be kicking and punching its way into UK cinemas from June 13th 2014. Produced and starring Jason Maza (Shifty, Rise of the Footsoldier) The Hooligan Factory lovingly spoofs The Football Factory, Green Street, The Firm »
- David Sztypuljak
The world premiere screening of The Hooligan Factory, with live stand-up comedy, will be streamed live to over 60 cinemas across the country on 9th June and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to the Premiere in London!
The Hooligan Factory, a laugh-out-loud comedy tribute to one of Britain’s most successful home-grown genres, the football hooligan movie, will be kicking and punching its way into UK cinemas from June 13th 2014. Produced and starring Jason Maza (Shifty, Rise of the Footsoldier) The Hooligan Factory lovingly spoofs The Football Factory, Green Street, The Firm and many more and is directed and written by Nick Nevern (The Sweeney, Mrs Browns Boys D’Movie) who also stars.
Check out the trailer:
To win yourself a pair, just tell us who directs The Hooligan Factory?
Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box below with the subject ‘The Hooligan Factory »
- Dan Bullock
Top Dog is a feisty crime drama written by Green Street writer Dougie Brimson, the film charts the fall of reformed bad boy Billy Evans (Leo Gregory), who leads a strong cast including Dannielle Brent and Lorraine Stanley.
The film is the second feature from director Martin Kemp, who takes care to ensure that his film has heart, as well as a good old-fashioned fight. We sat with the director himself, alongside Leo Gregory, to discuss their work on the production.
- Nia Childs
★☆☆☆☆Adapted from the novel by Green Street (2005) scribe Dougie Brimson, Top Dog (2014) is the latest offering from Jonathan Sothcott's Richwater Films, who seem intent on burying British independent cinema under a mountain of cockney gangster flicks and inferior horrors. Unfortunately for anyone with even a modicum of taste, there's undoubtedly a certain demographic that will lap up football hooligan dramas, and wouldn't give "a monkey's" if some jumped-up reviewer gives Martin Kemp's Top Dog a critical hiding. Good for them. Ignorance is famously bliss, whilst the rest of us that unfortunately chose the rocky path of knowledge have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous filmmaking.
- CineVue UK
Crime dramas, crime thrillers, gangster films. They often get a bad rap – and it’s not hard to see why when there’s a constant stream of poorly made, low budget films being spurned out with the same boring plot where someone shoots someone because he ‘mugged off’ wotshisname / stole the drugs / snitched on so-and-so. So it’s something of a relief when something comes along that’s been made with a little more effort, which is where Martin Kemp’s Top Dog comes into play.
Top Dog was brought to life by Green Street writer Dougie Brimson and lead actor Leo Gregory, who plays bad-boy-turned-good Billy Evans. Evans makes the fatal faux pas of trying to protect his family from a local gang who are charging them protection money – so far, so ordinary. But director Kemp is evidently keen on attempting to present something a little different. There is »
- Nia Childs
Anchor Bay Entertainment UK have released 2 exclusive stills from the homegrown production of World War Dead. These exclusive stills give a first look into the much anticipated film, which is due out early 2015 and stars Ray Panthaki (28 Days Later, Kidulthood), Wendy Glenn (You’re Next) and Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil,Green Street 3).
World War Dead follows, a TV documentary team travelling to the Somme to put together a ratings smash about new mysteries relating to the famous World war 1 battle. However, what they unearth is far from a new story of those that died 100 years ago – but an army of the undead and a brand new war.
- Phil Wheat
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
The Hooligan Factory promises to spoof the many football hooligan themed films of the past twenty or so years. Think along the lines of The Football Factory, I-d and Green Street and you’ll be firmly in the right genre.Co-written and directed by Nick Nevern, whom also stars, The Hooligan Factory arrives in British cinemas on the 13th June 2014, and here we have the very first poster.
The film tells the story of Danny (Jason Maza), who wants something more from life. Expelled from school and living in his Grandfather’s flat, he longs to live up to the image of his estranged father ‘Danny Senior’. Meanwhile legendary football hooligan ‘Dexter’ (Nick Nevern) is about to be released from prison and is on a quest of his own, one of vengeance against his nemesis and rival firm leader ‘The Baron’. But when Danny’s and Dexter’s paths cross »
- Paul Heath
This football hooligan genre film about an expelled Harvard student who joins West Ham's firm is compellingly awful – but it's entertaining if you can't sleep
• More from My guilty pleasure
I am prone to insomnia. I'll lie in bed for a couple of hours, then go turn on the TV and flick through the channels until I find something that holds my attention, often on the film channels. Sometimes it's The Ring, but, when it's on, nothing beats Green Street (Green Street Hooligans in the Us). I've seen it countless times now, though I'm not sure I've ever seen it in its entirety at one sitting – it tends to be 30 minutes here, 45 there, an hour somewhere else. But between all those partial sittings, I've managed several complete run-throughs.
It's not that I'm a fan of the football hooligan genre – I've dabbled in one or two others and found them unwatchable, »
- Michael Hann
Last year we got quite the raunchy tease for the crime comedy Filth starring James McAvoy since it was already released in the United Kingdom. Now the film is coming to the United States this spring, and a red band domestic trailer shows plenty more of McAvoy being dirty and despicable as a bipolar, corrupt, junkie cop. It's certainly much different than what we've seen McAvoy do before, and far removed from his turn as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past this summer. But is all the vulgarity a gimmick, or is there actually a solid flick here? You'll have to find out for yourself when the film gets released. Watch the trailer! Here's the Us red band trailer for Jon S. Baird's Filth, originally from IGN: Filth is a crime comedy written & directed by up-and-comer Jon S. Baird (Green Street Hooligans, Cass) based on the novel »
- Ethan Anderton
To mark the release of I Am Soldier on 17th March, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Following the successful release of ‘Screwed’, I Am Soldier is penned by bestselling writer and accomplished director Ronnie Thompson (Tower Block). This gritty action drama takes you on a journey through torturous escape missions, exhausting physical programmes and highly classified interrogations.
I Am Soldier features a formidable cast of all British talent, including Tom Hughes (About Time, Cemetery Junction) as lead recruit ‘Mickey’, BAFTA Award winner Noel Clarke (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Adulthood) as instructor and mentor ‘Carter’, George Russo (Green Street 3, Top Dog) as fellow candidate ‘Jj’ and Miranda Raison (My Week with Marilyn, Match Point) as ‘Stella’.
Even the best football movies struggle to capture the sport's drama on film. The worst (and there are many) are truly abysmal
Why has cinema found football to be such a tricky customer? Football scenes in film and television are traditionally very awkward affairs, with the "defenders" tip-toeing nervously around the "attackers" as they advance, the goal finally coming via the sort of impractical flying volley you just never see on a real pitch. It's clearly very difficult to let someone score a script-dictated goal while pretending to try to stop them but, at the same time, trying not to look like you're pretending to try to stop them. Perhaps they teach it at Rada, who knows?
Furthermore, filmmakers have the challenge of adding a fictional big-screen gloss to what is already an overwhelmingly camera-friendly and consistently dramatic spectacle in its own right. Real-life football already has its own "script »
- Adam Hurrey
Manifest Film Sales, a division of Intandem Media Group, has added “Top Dog,” “Reign of the General” and “Red Billabong” to its slate.
“Top Dog,” directed by British multi-hyphenate Martin Kemp (“The Krays”), starring Leo Gregory (“Green Street Hooligans”) and Ricci Harnett (“28 Days Later”), is in post. Universal Pictures has U.K. rights and will release in June.
“Reign of the General,” with filming to start at the beginning of March, is written and directed by Harnett, who also stars. It’s the story of underworld boss Carlton Leach.
“Red Billabong,” set in the Australian Outback, starring Josh Helman (“Animal Kingdom”) and Lincoln Lewis (“Tomorrow When the War Began”), is skedded for a five-week shoot on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in late March.
Pic will feature the Bunyip, a creature of legend that is said to hunt in the Australian Outback, created with vfx house Cutting Edge.
- Leo Barraclough
German-born director and former World Point Fighting and Karate Champion, Lexi Alexander worked as a stunt woman before directing her first film, the short "Johnny Flynton," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003. Her first feature, "Green Street Hooligans" won both the Audience Award and Jury Award at SXSW. She later directed "Punisher: War Zone," which became a cult hit following its 2008 release. She wrote and directed "Lifted," and has been working on a variety of other projects. Aware that she's taking a risk of being labeled a "difficult bitch" if she voices any complaints, Alexander took the bold move of excoriating Hollywood for not hiring more female directors on her blog. She's tired of hearing people say that women don't want to direct and that there are no women directors out there. "I swear, if anyone near me even so much as whispers the sentence "women probably don't »
- Lexi Alexander
17 items from 2014
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