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Diary of a Bad Lad (2010)

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Frustrated filmmaker, Barry Lick, and a crew of film school wannabees, attempt to make a documentary about a local businessman who he believes is involved in property rackets, prostitution, pornography and drugs.

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Credited cast:
Joe O'Byrne ...
Tommy Morghen
Paul Birtwistle ...
Birty
Donna Henry ...
Joanne Miller
Roxanne Gregory ...
Roxy
Clive Bonelle ...
Richard
James Foster ...
Simon Huxley
Jonathan Williams ...
Barry Lick
Tim Paley ...
Frank
Chris Leonard ...
Face Slash Victim
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Michael
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Anderson ...
Charlie
Bob Atkinson ...
Himself
Jason Blacow ...
Jay
Alison Booth ...
Rays daughter
Louise Brand ...
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Film school tutor, Barry Lick, has been suspended on full pay accused of 'gross professional misconduct'. But he's got a spring in his step because it means he's just been handed the chance to try and make a sensationalist crime documentary which might just save his career. Even better he can do it all on the cheap; he's still being payed and there's ex-students out there who are willing to work for nothing more than empty promises. Barry's quest is going nowhere - that is until security consultant, Tommy Morghen, appears on the scene. And it's not long before Barry's plunged into a world of sub-prime mortgages, blackmail, corruption, knife crime, extreme German S&M pornography, castration, corpse disposal, gang-rape and, ultimately, murder. But what's Tommy's interest in all this? Is it that he just wants fame and notoriety, or does he have another agenda? Barry puts questions like these to the back of his mind. All he knows is that, in the age of reality TV, sensationalism sells - ... Written by Pleased Sheep Productions (press release)

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Comedy | Crime

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27 February 2010 (UK)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Tommy Morghen: I'm not a debt collector, I'm a debt counselor...
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Referenced in It's Documentary, It's the Truth! (2009) See more »

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Finally a British film that would and could shock 'Hollywood' never mind British cinema
17 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When i say this movie changed my life i wouldn't be lying one bit. if a scene can stick in your head weeks after seeing it then your doing well. if multiple scenes still make you laugh, wince, cringe or grin to yourself weeks after seeing it, then your watching something special. This film will not be to everyones taste but then again nothing ever is, but the realism of how you follow 'Barry Lick' and his crew as they try to film a gritty, underworld documentary about Blackburn Gangsters will have you engrossed right until the multiple twist ending, which will no doubt leave you feeling angry and shocked (but I'm not saying anymore).

Of all the gangster/underworld films I've ever seen i think this is the only film that now makes me not want to become a gangster or get up to no good. If your the kind of person that likes to be a bit naughty, then this film makes you feel like a naughty school child that has just been sent to the corner! The script is incredibly strong and most performances are realistic and not to melodramatic, in particular Joe O'Byrne as Tommy Morghen, Jonathan Williams as Barry Lick and Roxanne Gregory as Roxy amongst others. The locations and camera work aren't 'mega budget' but they don't have to be and shouldn't be (to an extent) as the film would lose its clout and realistic edge.

It seems a shame that such a good and honest British 'No budget' film has not yet gone mainstream, i can only hope that it soon will and audiences will be able to watch a film that could and probably will give the British film industry quite a shakeup!


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