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Chris Green (screenplay)
Jeremy Sheldon (additional material)
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3 February 2012 (UK) See more »
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Some Friendships are worth fighting for
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Rather uncomfortable viewing, but well written enough to be above average See more (16 total) »

Cast

 

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Joseph

Maxine Peake ... Isabel

David O'Hara ... Curtis

Stephen Graham ... Danny

Lee Ingleby ... Deano

Peter Wight ... Roger

Emma Stansfield ... Lisa

Brad Moore ... Jon
Kieran Hardcastle ... Hoody

Robert Stone ... Doyle

Robert Shannon ... Kane
Stuart Wolfenden ... Pete

Mark Strange ... Vinny
Sarah Parks ... Marriane
Nicola Potts ... Tina
Colin Butts ... Fight referee
Dean Spicksley ... Fight Spectator
Rowan Scarborough ... Officer Trent
Karl Etherington ... Doyle's Opponent
Stephen Foster-hunt ... Fight refferee
Rebecca Elliot ... Sue
Aaron Priddy ... Man in Crowd
Edward Wright ... Spectator
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Directed by
David Blair 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Green  screenplay
Jeremy Sheldon  additional material

Produced by
Lee Brazier .... executive producer
Mark Foligno .... executive producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... executive producer
Chris Green .... executive producer
Chris Hainsworth .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Michael Knowles .... producer
Brad Moore .... producer (as Bradley Moore)
Brad Moore .... producer
Stacey Murray .... producer
Angad Paul .... executive producer
Tina Pawlik .... line producer
Richard Turner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rob Lane  (as Robert Lane)
 
Cinematography by
Ali Asad (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
 
Production Design by
Kristian Milsted 
 
Art Direction by
Blair Barnette 
 
Costume Design by
Rebecca McManus 
 
Makeup Department
Chloe Joy Henderson .... assistant makeup artist
Melanie Lenihan .... prosthetic makeup artist
Emma Slater .... hair designer
Emma Slater .... makeup designer
Emily Jane Williams .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production manager
Joe Walker .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Barcham .... second assistant director
James Powell .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Lorna Dunn .... art department assistant
Alex Giles .... construction manager
Gareth Hustwaite .... carpenter
Alex King .... art department assistant
Maggie Musial .... art department coordinator
Laura Shearer .... art department assistant
Dean Spicksley .... stand-by props
Craig Symes .... art department assistant
Matt Wells .... standby art director
 
Sound Department
Grant Bridgeman .... production sound mixer
Phil Cape .... sound maintenance
Philip Clements .... foley editor
Alistair Curtis .... sound maintenance
Alex Ellerington .... sound effects editor
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor
Martin Jensen .... sound re-recording mixer
Forbes Noonan .... adr recordist
Duncan Price .... assistant sound editor
Matthew Skelding .... dialogue editor
Catherine Thomas .... foley editor
Catherine Thomas .... foley recordist
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Scott McIntyre .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Matt Flicker .... visual effects artist
David Stirzaker .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Andy Bennett .... stunt coordinator
Steve Caswell .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamal Asad .... digital imaging technician: dailies
Kamal Asad .... video assist
Thomas Asad .... second assistant camera
David Baker .... best boy electric
Ruben Cardol .... gaffer
Stephen Cornacchia .... focus puller
Andy Dorwart .... key grip
Woody Gregson .... second assistant camera
Rob Hart .... camera operator: "a" camera
Daf Hobson .... additional photographer
Callum Just .... second assistant camera
Jon Mitchell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Murphy .... dailies electrician
Gabi Norland .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Gaby Norland)
Ian Ogden .... additional grip
Ian Ogden .... camera trainee
Julius Ogden .... focus puller
Ben Oliver .... focus puller
Daniel Petiafo .... digital imaging technician
Darren Ravenscroft .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Johnson .... costume assistant
Cathy Lang .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Michelle Cort .... digital film technician
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate technician
Adam Inglis .... colorist
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Jateen Patel .... digital intermediate technician
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
 
Music Department
Ian Livingstone .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Rachel Coetzee .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Tom Bray .... rushes runner
Paul Desira .... floor runner
Leigh Doughty .... post production runner
Loran Dunn .... production assistant
Rachel Hall .... production assistant
Rory Herbert .... script supervisor
Andrew Hill .... production accountant
David Johnstone .... insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Beverley Lamb .... location manager
Jim Morgan .... runner: rushes
Russell Noon .... production coordinator
Matt Owens .... unit medic (uncredited)
Navid Salimian .... distribution assistant
Matthew Whitney .... location manager
James Williams .... assistant locations manager
 

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Rather uncomfortable viewing, but well written enough to be above average, 23 August 2012
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Danny (Stephen Graham) is a scally low life in debt to big time gangster Curtis (David O' Hara) who is threatening to hurt his mentally impaired friend Joseph (Adowayle Agogoboyo Agabala) if he doesn't repay the debt soon. Danny sees no other way out, but to get Josepth to fight in illegal underground cage matches, which he does. But as he delivers more and more, the stakes get raised higher and higher, until Danny is forced to try and find a way out.

Best Laid Plans is a curious effort, that starts by setting itself up one way and from the way it opens, seems to employ a different style to what you were expecting. But, while it ultimately manages to be an effective drama thriller, it remains a film that is unsure of it's tone and style and where it wants to go with itself.

One theme it does settle on and seems to want to stick with through out, is the theme of disability and people with mental impairment problems, which leads to some uneasy and challenging viewing through out, as Joseph develops a romance with a fellow impaired person called Isabel (Maxine Peake), coming up against various trials and tribulations because of it. It's a surprising and daring theme to want to stick in a tale like this, and it doesn't help how morally reprehensible the lead character emerges, using his so called friend to fight in cage matches so he can pay off his grubby little debt to some gangster, while developing a relationship with call girl Lisa (Emma Stansfield) that takes an unconvincing turn at the end.

The film aims to be a simple 'down on his luck ne'er do well trying to get out of bother' tale, that ends up being a dark look in to how callous and predatory human instincts can be. For all this, it remains a fairly well written, ambitious film with some reliably steely lead performances from the two lead stars. It's dogged determination to make the viewer feel a bit uncomfortable really is a blessing and a curse for it, though. ***

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