Against the background of the East End of London England, Nicola Collins explores the fascinating complexity of the lives of her father and his friends: infamous criminals that shaped their war torn environment into a violent underworld. The End is a story never before been told of a group of men with a common bond. All born in the East End of London into poverty striving for a better life and all found that life in crime. Unashamed and unapologetic these men live their lives defined by a code of honor. The End reveals the bloody history and the confessions of the cockney gangster. Written by
As a stream of gangster films are churned out one after the other, along comes a gem that could quite possibly be the best and most real account of its genre for a while.
The quotability factor of this film is endless "I thought of myself as a robin hood and everyone else thought I was a robbing b#%*ard" says Les Falco, "we don't take life serious, we just take life" says Mickey Gonella & "crime pays" says Danny Woollard. But don't let me paint a picture of a group of hardmen playing up to the camera, its the opposite. What I saw was a group of men that were born into a bad state of affairs who made a choice, one that they thought would change their lives around. The film opens with an Aristotle quote "Crime is the parent of poverty", which if you look around the world rings true and is a harsh reality.
The film is stylish, black & white with a Anton Corbijn feel. The only feminine quality to the film is the voice behind the camera, which is the other credibility the film has. It is made by Nicola & Teena Collins, daughters of one the men in the film Les Falco. It is apparent that the girls know a thing or two about film-making as well as the underworld that they reveal.
Quite honestly an incredible piece of work. An instant classic that you will watch over and over again.
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