In the cut and thrust world of filmmaking there are few names that stand out quite so far and so proud as Shirley Major and John Spate. This pair of London based filmmakers have been ... See full summary »
In the cut and thrust world of filmmaking there are few names that stand out quite so far and so proud as Shirley Major and John Spate. This pair of London based filmmakers have been working together for the better part of a decade to produce some of the world's finest unseen classics. The world they move in is one of shadows and intrigue where violence and the even present danger of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time hang over head. This is not the usual setting for a film auteur to make his name but for Shirley and John it has become the routine, the only way in which they can manage to produce works which have gone on to inspire some of the most successful filmmakers of our current generation. This documentary seeks to understand why the larger world has been ignoring Shirley and John for so long. In order to do this we followed them as they sought to bring about a new revolution in the way that the film industry works, using every resources they have they plan to ... Written by
If you want to get information out of prisoners this is one to own
I found this in a charity shop still sealed and was intrigued that an independent film had Ian Macellan in it straight off the back of x-men and Lord of the rings plus it carried a 7/10 rating on here (in hindsight presumably from the filmmakers themselves plus family and friends). The premise sounded interesting too and the sleeve art pretty nifty. The DVD menus are quite good for micro budget and it also has a barcode and an official BBFC classification. However, from the first two minutes it's pretty cringe-worthy. Everything technical is badly done and the acting very poor, plus the script seems undrafted. None of the comedy works and even the scenes with Ian Macellan don't redeem anything. Whilst he is good at his very minor role (an hour into the film if you can get that far plus a short cutaway near the end and a post credit scene too) I'm surprised he let this get released with him in it. I'd be embarrassed quite frankly. He's made out to look like an idiot and you wince at the end of his first scene (yes, he's made out to be an idiot in extras, but that was actually hilarious). Plus, it's the worst shot scene in the film, if that's at all possible! Did the camera operator (one of the "actors" in it) not understand basic camera techniques including composition, focus and, most key, white balance? Also the sound recordist, were they asleep? And who the hell set that light up? It's Ian Macellan for gods sake, if you have the honoured privilege of working with someone of his calibre, spend the time and effort making the scene at least look semi-professional.
This is clearly a college film and it's only appealing to the few people involved in the small circle of that class, friends and family and some select locals in Croydon as none of the jokes are funny, in fact most of the dialogue is just irritating. Why on earth this was even considered a full release is beyond me. I feel I've lost just under two hours of my life getting through this and the extras on the DVD. That third "deleted scene" is so annoying I nearly kicked my TV in and considered gouging my eyes out with the shards straight after just to relieve myself of the suffering my set and brain were going through. There's also three (THREE!?!) trailers.
Note that everyone involved in the film have no more IMDb credits after this. We all have to start somewhere as filmmakers and this is worth watching just to understand how NOT to make a film. I really wanted to like something about it and feel encouragement towards the people involved in it but I just can't think of anything good other than the first sentence of my review. Just because you know someone famous and are good at socialising etc does not make you a good film maker or that the world should see your work. Can you even fit your egos through the doors you walk through guys?? Also you're not executive producers so why credit yourselves as such?
AVOID! If I could rate this 0/10 I would. Worst film I've ever seen!
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