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Trailer for upcoming crime movie ‘Villain’ with Craig Fairbrass

Here’s an interesting-looking trailer for the upcoming British crime movie Villain which will be coming to screens next month. Craig Fairbrass leads the cast of the film, joined by the likes of Robert Glenister, George Russo and Izuka Hoyle.

Photo credit: Alex Fountain

The film is just the first in a couple of movies to star Fairbrass set for release in 2020, the second being the brilliant monochrome psychological thriller Muscle, which we caught late last year.

Here’s the official synopsis for Villain:

Villain follows the harrowing journey of Eddie Franks (Craig Fairbrass). After being released from prison after 10 years, Eddie attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing his brother’s debt. Despite his best efforts, he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime, with devastating consequences.

Villain will arrive on digital and in cinemas day and date, 28th February 2020.

Looking forward to this.
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Vertigo Releasing Takes UK On Craig Fairbrass Crime Thriller ‘Villain’

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Exclusive: Vertigo Releasing has picked up the Craig Fairbrass-starring thriller Villain for UK and Ireland release.

Pic is the directing debut of Philip Barantini, whose short Boiling Point starring Stephen Graham was recently nominated for a Bifa. Barantini also has acting credits including Chernobyl, Humans and Band Of Brothers.

Villain follows Eddie Franks, a man who is released from prison after serving a 10 year sentence and attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing is brother’s debt. Despite his best efforts, he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime, with devastating consequences. Bart Ruspoli produced the feature.

Also starring are Robert Glenister (Live By Night), George Russo (I Am Soldier) and Izuka Hoyle (Mary Queen of Scots).

The deal was negotiated by Vertigo Releasing’s Ed Caffrey and Ddi’s Mark Padilla on behalf of the filmmakers.

The UK release is provisionally
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On The Set Of The Upcoming British Crime Drama ‘Villain’

Photo credit: Alex Fountain

The British film industry has been exponentially growing over the past decade. Any fan or critic worth their salt would be hard pressed to argue with the consistent quality of our small, politically-divided countries media output of late. From quirky, awkward comedies, to hard-hitting political dramas, it appears that the days of quietly ignoring embarrassing direct-to-video releases have long passed.

Of course, everyone plays to their strengths, and there are arguably few genres that British filmmakers excel further in than crime dramas. It could be the lack of Hollywood’s innate (and often naive) optimism, or possibly just our natural cynicism and self-imposed affliction. Regardless, it has undoubtedly resulted in some of the greatest cinematic achievements of the past twenty years. This trend definitely isn’t slowing down anytime soon and looks set to produce even more talent over the next few years.

Thn were fortunate
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First UK Trailer for 'My Name Is Lenny' About a Bare-Knuckle Fighter

"I know what I'm gunna do then: I'm gunna knock him spark out, and be back in here for lunch." Lionsgate UK has released an official trailer for My Name Is Lenny, telling the life story of famous bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean, who was the first to earn the iconic nickname "the Guv'nor". Josh Helman (seen in X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jack Reacher) plays McLean, and the cast includes Chanel Cresswell, Nick Moran, John Hurt, Michael Bisping, Charley Palmer Rothwell, George Russo, and Rita Tushingham. This looks like an entertaining "sports" movie, following in the footsteps of films like Bronson and Snatch. It might also play well as a double feature with Chuck. This trailer is worth a look. Here's the official UK trailer (+ poster) for Ron Scalpello's My Name Is Lenny, direct from YouTube: Explosive & brutal, My Name Is Lenny is based on the true story
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Trailer for British crime sequel Bonded by Blood 2

Hereford Films has released a trailer for director Greg Hall’s upcoming crime drama sequel Bonded by Blood 2. The film is based on the book Essex Boys: The New Generation by Bernard O’Mahoney and stars Sam Strike, Terry Stone, George Russo and Josh Myers and sees reality TV stars Kirk Norcross and Casey Batchelor making their feature debut; take a look at the trailer below after the official synopsis…

In the aftermath of the legendary Range Rover murders, a group of younger, flashier and even more ruthless criminals emerge to fill the vacuum of power. They are Ricky Percival, kingpin of his own thriving drugs empire; Damon Alvin, an arrogant loudmouth with a short fuse; and Dean Boshell, a small time thief prepared to go to any lengths to find acceptance. Their underworld ambitions are fuelled by ego, greed and a lust for power that will not only tear their friendships apart,
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Ex-EastEnders actor Sam Strike to guest star in new Silent Witness

Former EastEnders actor Sam Strike will guest star in an upcoming episode of Silent Witness.

Strike played Johnny Carter in the BBC One soap for a year, leaving the role in December 2014.

His Spotlight page includes the casting, revealing that the actor will take on the role of David Hamilton in the crime drama. No other details about the part have been revealed, while his episode is likely to air in the new series next year.

Confirming the news on Twitter, Strike's management team revealed that he will begin filming scenes next week.

Great job @SamStrike Filming next week on #SilentWitness @BBCOne #RoleDavidHamilton, Huge thank you @AndyBCasting pic.twitter.com/mwl27dTvbL

Lee Morgan (@leemorgan_mgnt) April 14, 2015

The 18th series of Silent Witness concluded in February, and was followed by confirmation that new episodes would air in 2016.

Since quitting the BBC One soap, Strike has gone on to land the
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EastEnders star Sam Strike for Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie Leatherface

EastEnders star Sam Strike for Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie Leatherface
Ex-EastEnders star Sam Strike will play the lead role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface.

News broke yesterday that the British actor had won a role in a high-profile Hollywood blockbuster, with some fans and media outlets speculating that it could be the McU's rebooted Spider-Man.

However, The Wrap reports that Strike will play Jackson, the teenager who grows up to become the murderous Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.

French directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, best known for their cult hit Inside, are directing the horror movie.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series began in 1974 with Tobe Hooper's low-budget cult hit. The franchise spawned six more film with the most recent being 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Strike departed the role of Johnny Carter in EastEnders in November to pursue new career opportunities.

The 21-year-old won acclaim for his performance as Johnny thanks to an emotional storyline
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EastEnders star Sam Strike joins Bonded By Blood 2 film

EastEnders star Sam Strike joins Bonded By Blood 2 film
EastEnders star Sam Strike has joined the cast of Bonded By Blood 2.

The 20-year-old will star in the Greg Hall-directed crime sequel following his recent departure from the BBC soap.

The film - based on Bernard O'Mahoney's book Essex Boys: The New Generation - focuses on the Essex crime scene after the murders of Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe in 1995.

Strike posted about the project on Twitter earlier today (January 5), and was swiftly congratulated by his former on-screen father Danny Dyer.

@SamStrike @BondedByBlood2 @leemorgan_mgnt Now it begins my boy.x #bullbythehorns

Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) January 5, 2015

Strike's final scenes as Johnny Carter aired shortly before Christmas, as the youngster decided to go travelling with his boyfriend.

Bonded By Blood 2 also stars George Russo (Turnout), Josh Myers (Green Street 3) Mark Harris (Anuvahood) and Dani Dyer (Vendetta), daughter of Danny.

Chris Ellison (We Still Kill the Old Way
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Bonded by Blood sequel readies

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Exclusive: Crime drama from Richwater Films to shoot this month.

Filming commences this month on the sequel to 2010 UK home entertainment success Bonded By Blood.

Based on the crime book Essex Boys: The New Generation by Bernard O’Mahoney, the film focuses on the Essex crime scene after the gangland murders of Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe in 1995.

The screenplay is written by Simon Cluett (Age of Kill). Greg Hall (Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan) is directing.

Cast includes George Russo (Turnout), Josh Myers (Green Street 3), Sam Strike (who plays Johnny Carter in TV soap Eastenders), Martin Delaney, Mark Harris (Anuvahood), Dani Dyer (Vendetta) and newcomers Ross Harland and Naomi Willow.

Chris Ellison (We Still Kill The Old Way), Johnny Palmiero (Age of Kill), Rebecca Ferdinando (White Collar Hooligan) and Terry Stone (Doghouse) reprise their roles from the original film. More cast is due to sign up soon.

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Shooting Begins On Brit Gangland Thriller ‘Top Dog’

The UK capital of London may play perfectly to the glitz and glamour of the West End theatre shows but it’s also a great place to showcase the seedier side of the gritty crime thrillers such as The Long Good Friday and The Firm. Following in their ruthless gangland and hooligan footsteps will be Richwater FilmsTop Dog, which is adapted by Dougie Brimson from his own novel.

Green Street’s Leo Gregory leads the film alongside familiar British faces as Ricci Hartnett (Rise Of The Footsoldier) and Vincent Regan (St. George’S Day). The press release below confirms shooting is now underway and the full confirmed cast. Former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp, and star of Peter Medak’s brilliant and brutal biopic The Krays, directs!

Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnet & Vincent Regan To Star In Richwater FilmsTop Dog

Principal photography commenced on 04/11/2013

London, 4th November 2013 – Richwater Films
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Top Dog begins London shoot

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Top Dog begins London shoot
Shooting has begun on London crime drama, with a cast including Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnet and Vincent Regan.

Principal photography has commenced on Top Dog, produced by Richwater Films, on location across London.

Directed by Martin Kemp (The Krays), it is produced by Jonathan Sothcott (Vendetta, Assassin) andwritten by Dougie Brimson, based on his original novel.

The cast includes Leo Gregory (Green Street, Cass), Ricci Harnett (28 Days Later, Rise Of The Foot Soldier), Vincent Regan (Bonded By Blood, Clash Of The Titans), Danielle Brent (Ill Manors), Lorraine Stanley (London To Brighton) and George Russo.

The film centres on hooligan gang leader Billy Evans (Gregory) who gets in over his head when he joins a dangerous criminal gang.

Universal Pictures UK, part of Universal Pictures International Entertainment - the home entertainment division of NBC Universal – has picked up the rights.
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First Images Released for ‘I Am Soldier’ Starring Tom Hughes and Noel Clarke

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Here’s the first look images from I Am Soldier which has now wrapped production. The script comes from Ronnie Thompson who also directs the movie which is set for release Autumn 2013. Thompson has previously worked on Screwed which also starred Noel Clarke alongside James D’Arcy.

As well as Clarke, I Am Soldier stars Tom Hughes, Alex Reid (The Descent) and a wealth of emerging British talent in George Russo, Josh Myers, Dave Goodman, Ian Pirie and Jordan Long. We were lucky enough to go along to the set of this one so keep your eyes peeled for our report nearer the release. Find out more on the movie on the official Facebook here.

I Am Soldier follows Mickey (Tom Hughes) as he takes on the most dangerous military training known to man: Sas selection. The Special Air Service (Sas) is the United Kingdom’s most renowned Special Forces regiment,
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Turnout

A small-time dealer's plan to make some quick cash backfires.

Turnout is a homegrown effort rising from the grittier side of East London's trendy Hoxton. Self-aware and as on the make as its lead, it’s an accomplished low-budget debut.

George (George Russo) and Sophie (Ophelia Lovibond) are a twenty-something couple looking forward to a romantic holiday in Barbados. He's a likeable chancer who doesn't work, preferring small-time dealing and partying with his mates. She's from a more affluent family and is set up in a smart City job. Uh oh.

Sophie's keen to settle the...
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Thor; Blitz; Turnout; Atrocious

One of the great injustices of late 20th-century film criticism was the near universal drubbing dished out to Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein in the 90s. Recalling the debacle, Branagh once told me that the question he was most regularly asked in the wake of the film's release was: "What are you going to do now that your career is over?" Those of us who had the gall to praise Frankenstein for its gloriously overcooked melodramatic aesthetic (a quality entirely in keeping with Mary Shelley's source novel) were laughed out of court by those toeing the consensus line. It wasn't until the release of the (then futuristic) laserdisc edition that the mainstream critics started to admit that they might have got it wrong after all.

The same qualities that made Frankenstein such a delight lie at the heart of Thor (2011, Paramount, 12), a comic-book adaptation which similarly
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This week's new films

30 Minutes Or Less (15)

(Ruben Fleischer, 2011, Us) Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride. 83 mins

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.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (15)

(Thomas Alfredson, 2011, UK/Fra/Ger) Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch. 127 mins

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.

I Don't Know How She Does It (12A)

(Douglas McGrath,
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Win Turnout on DVD

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To mark the release of Turnout, on DVD 26th September, Revolver have given us two copies of the movie to give away. Turnout stars Ophelia Lovebond (4.2.3.1, Nowhere Boy, London Boulevard), George Russo (Doctor Who, Silent Witness) and musician Plan B (4.3.2.1, Harry Brown). You can find out more about the movie on their official Facebook page.

The film is set in Hoxton, East London and follows George (George Russo) and Sophie (Ophelia Lovebond), they’re saving money to go on their first holiday together, the deposit is paid, and they have two weeks left to pay the outstanding balance of £2,000. Sophie has entrusted George with her holiday savings and is keen to settle the debt with the travel agents. The only trouble is, unbeknown to Sophie, George is flat broke. In a vain attempt to raise cash, George uses Sophie’s holiday money to fund an ill judged deal.

To be
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Turnout – review

This third-rate Brit lad-flick set in London's trendy Hoxton is sunk by a stupid story and sub-EastEnders dialogue

What went wrong for Ophelia Lovibond? It was all looking gangbusters after a string of entry-level Hollywood roles. Now here she is, bolt-on girlfriend in a third-rate Brit lad-flick. The script is a collaboration between first-time director Lee Sales and two of his actors: a caper about East End boys who bowl around Hoxton hoovering drugs and abusing trendies. The rapport between them is actually pretty spot on – and might have been put to work by a half-decent story. Instead, enter Lovibond as the shopaholic girlfriend of drug-dealing George (co-writer George Russo). They're saving up for a holiday and she's given him her money for safekeeping. Bound to end badly, that, since his coke-snorting outpaces her shoe-buying. Cue endless dreary lines that would make an EastEnders scriptwriter blush: "Swear on your life.
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Michelle Ryan Goes Back To Her Roots

Exclusive: The former UK soap EastEnders star, who went on to become the Bionic Woman, is set to return to the East End. She’s in negotiations to appear in Turnout, a low-budget Brit love story set in east London. This micro-budget production is due to start filming next month. The director is Lee Sales. George Russo plays a man who foolishly tries to make some quick money on a drugs deal that goes wrong. In the process, he manages to lose his girlfriend (Jaime Winstone), his money and his friends. Young Brit soul singer Plan B co-stars. Executive producer Leo Pearlman describes it as a “twisted love story.” Private investors are fully-financing this sub-£1 million drama, which shoots for three and a half weeks. Dp Films and Fulwell 73 Productions are co-producing. They’ll go out and find a sales agent once it’s in the can. Let’s
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