IT'S A CASUAL LIFE tells the story of Jimmy and his lifelong membership of the Saturday scene. Through a brutally honest monologue and series of dramatic and violent events, the film ... See full summary »
The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten ... See full summary »
A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
IT'S A CASUAL LIFE tells the story of Jimmy and his lifelong membership of the Saturday scene. Through a brutally honest monologue and series of dramatic and violent events, the film challenges the myths surrounding football hooliganism and explores Jimmy's past, passion and above all, motivation. Central to the story is Jimmy's love affair with the culture of football. We discover his resentment at the evolution of The Casual scene and the demise of everything it once stood for. Changes that ultimately arrive for Jimmy have long-lasting consequences. Written by
possibly the best representation of hooliganism I've ever seen on a screen. The movie is really in two parts each running parallel to each other. The first is a single gang fight ('off' to those ITK) which builds as the movie unfolds toward a quite stunning and frighteningly accurate conclusion.
The second part is a monologue delivered quite brilliantly by an actor most will recognise from his time in 'Eastenders'. Again, this is generally superb in its execution although I did feel some of the editing looked a bit ropey. Particularly at the end where the gap before the final line is delivered is about a second too long (as you'll see when you watch it)
But this should not detract from the fact that this is a great little movie although it should really be about an hour and a half longer!
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