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Writers: Jon S. Baird (screenplay), Cass Pennant (book) | 1 more credit» .. Cast overview, first billed only: Nonso Anozie Cass. Gavin Brocker Prentice. The Guvnors is a British crime film directed by Gabe Turner. Former football hooligan Cass Pennant was involved in producing the film. Meet The Guvnors was how I previously knew the film. The cast and crew of The Guvnors have been busy assembling a fantastic cast and a fantastic The film is produced by Leo Pearlman, Cass Pennant and Danny Potts.
She was now a Mum living in Brixton. Music can take you back and the other is taking the person back to the scene. In my biography I had to make the reader feel Jamaica, as I did when I went for the first time, to find my roots. I went into a massive field near where I live, in the early hours of the morning when no-one was around. Standing in this field, with a co-writer talking into the dictaphone felt like the hills of Jamaica. You need those things to get in the zone.
On the train journey with Beverley I was fascinated with football girls from the terraces. It was history repeating itself in the last five years, and then we were in the middle of a recession, and back to rule and divide.
A female in an all male subculture of the football casual that is really unique. Those lads would do it for their different reasons but Beverley was doing it for a British identity. Because it was more personal. Because of the timing. When I see this generation, that are mixed-race or half-caste as it used to be known, in my time it was mainly Jamaican and White English. The film will resonate with many but they have different takes, the similarities are there.
Beverley Thompson is like me, a good talker. Alex our Director is very talented. The three of us sat together we knew it would be a hard journey, but there was going back, because financially we had nothing to do this, so we decided to crowd fund it, work with social media and drive everyone crazy to get this made.
Was it always the intention to cast from there?
Everything is in London. Everything stops at London. I like authentication, most British youth subcultures were started in London and the North catches up, but Two-Tone was different, it was hatched in Coventry, in the Midlands.
We had to shoot around Vicky McClure once she said yes; she was only free in the Easter holidays. There was nothing arranged or anything like that. We'd do our thing, they'd do their thing, and then we'd take it on, like we did we everyone, like we always had to. The first and probably best of a kind was the BBC film " The Firm ," directed in by the late Alan Clarke, a prime chronicler of British culture up until his death the following year.
A pre-Hollywood Gary Oldman is the psychotic leader of West Ham's hooligan band, or "firm," to use the term still employed to this day. Oldman's Bexy is a family man who cannot live without the buzz of football violence.
Clarke's gritty realism casts the thugs as ciphers of Margaret Thatcher's Britain; some of Bexy's mob are BMW-driving stockbrokers while Oldman's character is an estate agent in the era of a property boom. It converted lifelong Hammer Danny Dyer, playing leading Chelsea Headhunter Tommy Johnson, into an icon of the post-millennial hooligan, clad in expensive sportswear.
He swills lager, abuses illegal pharmaceuticals and acts like Jack the Lad before fighting kicks off. Yet it is "Green Street" that remains the most famous -- and notorious -- of all "hoolie-flicks," even if in England, it is derided for a lack of authenticity.
The presence of doe-eyed Elijah Wood as an American student suddenly running with West Ham's mob is matched for incongruity by "top boy" Charlie Hunnam's accent.
Director Lexi Alexander, an admirer of the original "The Firm," recognises why the home front was not so welcoming. I wanted to show the rest of the world, especially America, that this existed. My point as a filmmaker was to say that there's a world you don't know about. In the early s, as she puts it, she "did some time with a firm for a club called SV Waldhof Mannheim," now long lost to the Bundesliga. I always thought it was an incredibly It was very "West Side Story"; that died out in the rest of society.
Though after awhile you start to see things that are not so romantic, like alcohol, and racism at times. And times when it's 50 against 1.
Though West Ham are not keen to be associated with the film, Alexander was able to charm her way into getting cameras inside Upton Park. After being released init took on a life of its own. Panned by critics, it nevertheless has a 7. The Griffin pub, in Brentford, West London was used for the film, and it still receives foreign visitors wishing to pay homage. There is a resistance to it, that was personal, it was about who did it, and how.
That put a cloud over how hugely successful it is.
It has no end. If you hashtag greenstreet or greenstreethooligans, you cannot go a day without people saying it's their favourite movie. It's frustrating because it's a massive hit, but nobody gives it credit. I wanted to show that it can destroy everything. Alexander had little to do with them, save for receiving a fee to allow her name to be associated with "Green Street 2: The trilogy has gained particular cult status in the United States.
Gabe Turner and Cass Pennant on The Guvnors: ‘Ultimately it’s a father-son film’
There is not this kind of camaraderie and sticking together and showing up for someone even if you are scared. We were all into the same things. I know lads that have degrees and stuff like that but they still wanted to be the way we were, they didn't want to be all that mummy's boy s If it went off in a boozer, say you [the writer] was there, you'd probably join in.
You wouldn't want to get a Bic [razor] on your head, so you'd be right at the front. Well, after about four pints or so. As satellite television deals injected money and demographics altered, it became acceptable to be a football fan in a manner that the dark days of the s would not allow. Middle-class people had always attended matches, but now such a group felt able to write about the game using its own voice.
Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch," published inwas the story of a Cambridge University graduate finding his way in life, while remaining hopelessly committed to Arsenal. Later that decade, as football's popularity began a rise accelerated by heavier television coverage and Euro '96, a raft of books began to re-examine a hooligan era that had previously been demonised.
Irvine Welsh, the author of "Trainspotting," used the life of active Hibernian hooligans as one of the backdrops to his drug-soaked fiction. John King's "Football Factory," eventually adapted into that Nick Love film, was a fictional account of Chelsea Headhunters that examined a group living a existence lifted by the thrill of taking on rival clubs' firms.
Bill Buford's "Among The Thugs" was a nonfiction forerunner, coming from the unlikely source of a New Yorker staffer, an American former editor of literary magazine Granta. Buford's book, published in but begun insaw him embedded with Manchester United hooligans, members of the far-right National Front and with England fans in Italia ' Buford wanted to discover why so many young men freely engaged themselves in acts of violence.
Other texts were far less circumspect. While Ward did not self-aggrandise, hooligan literature swiftly became a genre in which boastful retired "hoolies" related tales of victories against the odds and were not apologetic for their actions.Gabe Turner and Cass Pennant on The Guvnors
The season is regarded as the darkest in football history that culminated in 39 fans being killed at the European Cup final when some Liverpool fans charged those of Italian champions Juventus, and a wall at the Heysel Stadium collapsed. If you think about hoolieporn, it's 'We're the toughest, the hardest, we came, we saw, we conquered.
I suspect that's true of what of much they write about. Having served out time in a German prison, and having already contributed to Richard Kurt and Chris Nickeas' "The Red Army Years," the tale of United's soap operatic s campaigns, he says his German ex-wife persuaded him to tell his own full tale. She was an intelligent girl and said that I needed to write about my colleagues and friends, all these crazy characters. First published inand reworked init gave him the opportunity to pen further books.
Blaney suggests these books appeal to an audience who would not otherwise choose to read. Besides the culture, the violence and the fashion, maybe it's quite compelling because you have a brotherhood, helping each get by, making money together. Like the oldies used to talk about Singapore or dropping into Cairo or something, we talk about going to France to fight St Etienne or things like that. It's like a reunion from 50 years ago when you had old army geezers talking about military manoeuvres they'd been on, talking commanders and lieutenants.
The BBC's flagship current affairs programme "Panorama" made a documentary on fans at Millwall FCthe club whose fearsome reputation continues; Lions fans fighting between themselves at the FA Cup semifinal with Wigan made international headlines. Investigative journalist Donal Macintyre infiltrated Chelsea's Headhunters, and his findings resulted in hefty sentences for those he caught boasting of their antics.
One convicted hooligan boasted, while being filmed by a hidden camera, of slashing an off-duty police officer and their setting up "meets" with rival supporters via mobile phones. Dyer was perfect for his assignment. Like his film character, he was a strutting, foul-mouthed, white-powder-sniffing, chain-smoking, pint-swilling lad, and he could approach the wavelength of such terrace luminaries as Burnley's Suicide Squad, whose leader, Andrew Porter, explained his philosophy to a clearly edgy Dyer.
When you come out, they all say rehabilitation, but it doesn't. You're born with it. Beckham were born with it. He didn't learn his fing skill. Rembrandt were a painter and he were born with it.
He didn't learn to paint a fing brilliant painting, did he?
It's in the genes, innit? It's not a violent streak, it's just being proud. The "casual" movement, in which young men dressed up in imported foreign clothes as a uniform for battle, resonates down the decades.
It's also big business.
Gabe Turner commences Meet The Guvnors - Cineuropa
Adidas's Originals label re-releases and reimagines s and s training shoes and sports garments for a market of males either trying to relive or recreate what is seen as a "golden age. Even if violence has decreased to the point of disappearance at stadiums, looking the part continues to be important to a certain kind of fan.
The movie Grimsby, due to be released instars Sacha Baron Cohen as a football hooligan supporter of lower league team Grimsby Town. Living beyond your means has always been that thing of getting by and then spending all your money to look the best you can.
That goes beyond football. You think you look like a hooligan, but it actually looks like a fancy dress thing. Fellas get older and keep dressing like that. They've got check shirts, navy jumpers, but with beer bellies and bald heads. They probably need to mature their look a bit. It never really happens at the football, and I'm glad. Violence does still erupt away from the grounds; the break-up of Burnley's Suicide Squad was caused by police intercepting an arranged meeting with Blackburn Rovers supporters.
Andrew Porter, now 47, was given five years for a riot his taxi did not even arrive in time for. He was damned by phone records that proved he had helped to arrange the brawl.
Technology has been an aid to reducing battles between firms. Mobile telephones, the internet and social media are new ways in which fans can contact their rivals, but they also provide an electronic trail for police to catch participants. The modern "top boy" must be a master of subterfuge and perhaps even be an expert on the law itself to stay one step away from arrest. It's all really changed for those boys who really want it.
What they have to do is sit tight until, say, 8 o'clock and say, 'They're there' and just go for it. That will be out of town, mostly. But they get a strong sense of identity from this stuff. The hooligan era outlived the punk explosion, Two-Tone, mod, and even survived beyond the late s rave culture that many theorists said had put an end to it, the idea being that thugs switched from alcohol and aggro to Ecstasy, the "love drug.
Yet, 20 years beyond that rave movement's height, hooliganism's identity survives and has spread beyond Britain to be copied and imitated across Europe and even further afield.
The very fact that a film like 'Green Street' can be produced and be marketable speaks about the way in which we have this contradictory sense of violence. Peter Jay draws significant positives from the movement, using the example of Cass Pennanta legendary West Ham hooligan turned, in the words of his own website, "Author and Hoolioligist.
Most Americans did not know there was such a thing as a hooligan firm. And somewhere in either Ecuador or Mexico, Enner Valencia was won over by the film.