6 items from 2011
It’s an exciting time for Black and Blue Films. Following their showreel at the recent FrightFest – debuting clips from their upcoming Elfie Hopkins, Stalker and Strippers Vs Werewolves – producer Jonathan Sothcott was met with an extremely enthusiastic response. This bodes very well for the production house (perhaps Britain’s hardest working filmmakers), which is carving a clear niche for itslef in the UK horror and comedy markets. At present, the rate at which they are not only producing, but releasing films is staggering considering the amount of work involved between story conception and the final product.
‘Well we’re in an unusual position at the minute’ Jonathan Sothcott tells Thn, ‘rather than making films almost back-to-back we have films being released back-to-back.’ The first of these is Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, a comedy mockumentary written by and starring Ricky Grover, one of Britain’s favourite comedy talents. Released this week, »
- Tom Fordy
★☆☆☆☆ After successfully introducing Sasha Baron Cohen's comedy creation Ali G to audiences 13 years ago, Channel 4's The 11 O'Clock Show tried their luck with an array of new characters, including Bulla - a cockney 'hardman' performed by Ricky Grover. Bulla essentially flopped, so why, 11 years after his small screen debut, has Grover decided to revive Bulla for comedy feature Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011) - and what is X-Factor's Tulisa Contostavlos doing here?
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- Daniel Green
30 Minutes Or Less (15)
After the heights of The Social Network, Eisenberg is demoted to a lowly pizza delivery boy for this casual caper movie. He's driven to rob banks at the behest of McBride's criminal non-mastermind, with buddy Ansari roped in for comic effect. In fact, comic effect seems to be all this is after. Like a dodgy pizza, it's enjoyable at the time but nutritionally dubious, a bit thin, and just about gone cold by the time it's finished.
A very British spy thriller that dispenses with all that hasty pacing and coarse action in favour of well-tailored men talking in rooms. A complex, classy cold war mole-hunt that demands attention, but rewards it richly.
(Douglas McGrath, »
- Steve Rose
Our good friends at Black and Blue Films have just released the all-new poster for Big Fat Gypsy Gangster. The gangster-comedy follows the story of Bulla (labelled ‘the hardest man in britain’) who leaves prison after 16 yaers at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. Upon his release, a Brit-obsessed American filmmaker follows Bulla for the next week, putting together a documentray about the infamous gangster. Though things begin to go wrong for Bulla from the off, he fights back in an effort to rebuild his crimimal empire.
Featuring an all-star British cast, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster will blend the gritty crime drama with sharp humour. It promises to be a controversial rollercoaster of laughs and violence. Producer Jonathan Sothcott says: ‘With less than a month to go before the theatrical release, Big Fat Gypsy Gangster is getting a lot of attention from the national press thanks to Tulisa, Max Laird and now »
- Tom Fordy
4Digital Media has revealed the cover artwork for Black and Blue Films’ upcoming Big Fat Gypsy Gangster.
After serving sixteen years at her majesty’s pleasure Bulla is out on the streets again, but things start to go wrong from the moment he steps out when he finds out he’s lost everything on the outside world. Fleeced by the same corrupt copper that put him behind bars, even his favourite aunt Queenie is about to lose the roof from over her head; in Bulla’s world family is everything. It’s time for Bulla to fight back. Get ready for a white knuckle ride into London’s underworld as the most dangerous man in Britain sets about reclaiming his crime empire. »
- Tom Fordy
4Digital Media has released cover art for the star studded comedy Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (formerly Bulla The Movie) which is due for release on DVD in September.
A fast-moving roller coaster ride of violence, madness and mayhem featuring TV icon Bulla, the all-star cast includes Ricky Grover (Dead Cert, Eastenders), Omid Djalilli (The Infidel, Sex & The City 2) Steven Berkoff (The Tourist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Rufus Hound (comedian/winner 2010 Let’s Dance for Comic Relief), Peter Capaldi (Bean, In the Loop), Leo Gregory (Green Street Hooligans) and X Factor sensation Tulisa (N-dubz).
After serving sixteen years at her majesty’s pleasure Bulla is out on the streets again, but things start to go wrong from the moment he steps out when he finds out he’s lost everything on the outside world. Fleeced by the same corrupt copper that put him behind bars, even his favourite aunt »
6 items from 2011
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