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The James Clayton Column: in praise of Tom Hardy

22 September 2011 3:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In this week’s column, the release of Warrior inspires James to look back over the work of one of the UK’s finest actors, Tom Hardy

The arrival of Warrior in cinemas gives audiences a fresh chance to appreciate the awe-inspiring Tom Hardy. In my humble opinion, he deserves to be hailed as one of the most exciting actors currently working. He’s not really a household name yet, but soon will be, no doubt, which is fitting for someone who’s something of a modern day equivalent to Robert De Niro.

Warrior is intriguing for several reasons, not least because it comes highly acclaimed and promises to be a gritty drama about family issues, conflict, personal demons and fighting for a future in spite of the past. It also, in spite of a 12A certificate, offers some adrenaline pumping mixed martial arts action and cage fighting sequences. At the very least, »

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Hell Razor: On the set of Underbelly’s latest

25 July 2011 8:19 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

For the fourth series of Underbelly, we’re taken back to the mean streets of the 1920-30s when Darlinghurst was nicknamed ‘Razorhurst’ and two women ruled the streets. Colin Delaney steps back in time.

It wasn’t too hard to make Sydney’s Eveleigh St. terraces and Redfern’s infamous ‘block’ look run down and dilapidated. But build a couple of extra facades, roll in some beautiful old cars, bring in a few kids with grubby faces plus a few loitering, rugged old chaps and you’re thrown back to Darlinghurst in the hell-raising ‘20s. Gentrification has taken a turn for the worse: this is Underbelly: Razor.

This new Underbelly series is the true story set in the 1920s and ‘30s when madams Kate Leigh (Danielle Cormack) and Tilly Divine (Chelsie Preston Crayford) were bitter rivals and running all types of the vice on the streets of Sydney.

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- Colin Delaney

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