In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I Love London (Delta Heavy Remix)
Performed by Crystal Fighters
Written by Gilbert Vierich, Sebastian Pringle, Graham Dickson
Produced by Crystal Fighters
Remixed by Delta Heavy
Published by Copyright Control
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To herald Harry Brown as a film that every person should see is a watershed moment for the way the UK likes to portray itself. When I was younger, I was told about what's good and bad, right and wrong and perhaps more importantly, how to deal with injustice and how not to turn a blind eye to it. Only last week, a film with similar 'citizen turns vigilante against thugs' was banned from cinema screens in its home city of Nottingham for fear of a violent backlash and reprisals, such was the brutal, yet unsparing depiction of Nottingham's gang culture. And the difference between that and Harry Brown is? Earlier this year, I had the honour seeing the debut film of a largely unknown award-winning filmmaker based in Stratford - the home of the 2012 Olympics - the shiny side of London. Stick with Me (directed by Bernard Kordieh) is an uncompromising tale about brotherhood, confronting the viewer with the brutal reality of life in London's inner cities very much in the mould of Harry Brown. Judging by the hype surrounding Harry Brown and the record attendance who saw Stick with Me make its' premiere at the British Urban Film Festival last month, what is clear is that Harry Brown (and similar films) has a far more prominent role to play in public life, making us all think about what our roles as citizens are. Simply put, Harry Brown is very much a film which does exactly what it says on the tin and Sir Michael is magnificent.
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