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Interview: Simeon Halligan discusses Northern horror ‘Habit’

In a follow-up to last weeks podcast/interview, Britflicks podcast host and Nerdly team member Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Simeon Halligan about his new film Habit, an adaptation of Steven McGeagh’s cult novel, which is set in a neon-drenched dystopian Manchester.

Alongside Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), Habit features an incredible Northern cast of actors, including Roxanne Pallet (Emmerdale), Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful, The Lobster) and Sally Carmen (Shameless). The film’s cast also includes William Ash (Waterloo Road), Andrew Ellis (This Is England), Robert Beck (Home Fires), Joanne Mitchell (White Settlers), and Louis Emerick (Layer Cake).

Habit follows the story of Michael, played by Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), jobless and down on his luck, he is irresistibly drawn into the city’s seedy underworld and is groomed by a subculture who have a dark secret, a bloody addiction that they intend Michael to share.

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First look at Simeon Halligan’s ‘Habit’

Director Simeon Halligan’s latest horror opus, Habit, will receive its premiere at Grimmfest on Thursday 5th October, as the opening night gala for the festival. The film is an adaptation of Steven McGeagh’s cult novel, which is set in a neon-drenched dystopian Manchester. Alongside Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), the production features an incredible Northern cast of actors, including Roxanne Pallet (Emmerdale), Jessica Barden (Penny Dreadful, The Lobster) and Sally Carmen (Shameless). The film’s cast also includes William Ash (Waterloo Road), Andrew Ellis (This Is England), Robert Beck (Home Fires), Joanne Mitchell (White Settlers), and Louis Emerick (Layer Cake).

Habit follows the story of Michael, played by Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), jobless and down on his luck, he is irresistibly drawn into the city’s seedy underworld and is groomed by a subculture who have a dark secret, a bloody addiction that they intend Michael to share.
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‘Dough’ Review

Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Phil Davis, Ian Hart, Pauline Collins, Andrew Ellis, Malachi Kirby, Natasha Gordon, Melanie Freeman | Written by Jonathan Benson, Jez Freedman | Directed by John Goldschmidt

It has to be said that 2017 hasn’t been the best year when it comes to feeling good about the world. When everybody seems to be against helping out others, it seems timely that a film about two cultures coming together should at least raise a smile, and Dough manages this.

When aging Jewish baker Nat Dyan (Jonathan Pryce) takes on young Muslim Ayyash (Jerome Holder) as apprentice in his shop, at first, they don’t get on. When Ayyash accidentally drops cannabis into the bakery’s dough the bakery becomes very popular, building a bond between the two.

Dough walks a well-trodden path of movies where two people with differences are brought together when prejudices are taken away and friendship blooms.
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This Is England '90 episode 4 review: A bittersweet triumph

This is the end of This Is England - and bringing his powerful working-class saga to a close would seem no mean feat for series mastermind Shane Meadows. Both the original movie and its TV spinoffs have been of a spectacularly high quality, Meadows' truthful scripts and the scarily authentic performances of the cast fostering our deep investment in the characters.

That said, last week's episode was a devastating outpouring of emotion that set the stage superbly for this grand finale, with Milky (Andrew Shim) plotting revenge on Combo (Stephen Graham) - the reformed thug who once viciously assaulted him.

In its final TV outing, This Is England finally addresses that brutal moment from the '03 film - something that until now it's always danced around. There's a feeling of coming full circle that permeates this finale from the off, Meadows opening with one last example of his trademark montage.
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This Is England '90 episode 2 review: A skilful balance of light and dark

Last week, This Is England '90 served up a comparatively breezy opener - the calm before the storm, as actor Andrew Shim (Milky) remarked of Shane Meadows' work: "There's always going to be a dark day coming at some point."

Episode two again opens with a comic sequence; the charismatic Harvey - now Woody's replacement as the group's de-facto leader - pokes fun at the hapless Gadget, and there's some laugh-out-loud delivery from the show's secret weapon, Michael Socha ("There's a f**king bag within a bag here, dude!").

It's the summer of love, 1990, and rave culture is sweeping the nation - again, Meadows delivers more sunshine and happiness than we're accustomed to, and is still aiming for big, broad laughs with the continued presence of Flip and Higgy (even if Joe Dempsie's underplayed idiocy remains more effective than Perry Fitzpatrick's more excessive antics).

But that sickening
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Stephen Graham on This Is England '90: 'Combo is very much a reformed figure'

Stephen Graham is set to make his anticipated comeback as the incarcerated Combo in Shane Meadows's This Is England '90.

The British actor - who has just teamed up with co-star Thomas Turgoose to raise money for Stand up to Cancer - revealed to Digital Spy that Combo will return as a "reformed figure".

The Channel 4 series is writer and director Meadows's final follow-up to 2010's This Is England '86 and 2011's This Is England '88 - all of which were off-shoots from the 2006 movie This Is England.

The first episode surprised fans with its unexpectedly sunny and laugh-out-loud start for the gang - which includes Gadget (Andrew Ellis), Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), Milky (Andrew Shim), Lol (Vicky McClure) and Woody (Joe Gilgun).

But Graham gave us a resounding "no" when we asked if it was going to stay that way.

"It's what Shane [Meadows] does," the Boardwalk Empire star explained.
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This Is England '90 review: Shane Meadows' series remains profound as ever

"De-de-de-ding-ding / dig-a-dig-a-ding / a-flinky-flonk / wanky-shank ding-dong."

So this is England, 1990 - and Shane Meadows' latest follow-on from his 2006 film appears, on the surface, to be the saga's sunniest outing to date.

Our first reunion with the gang - 2010's This Is England '86 - was perhaps the most bleak. Replete with rape, murder and betrayal, it was to be admired rather than enjoyed.

The following year's '88 didn't spare the heartbreak either, but ended on a more optimistic note - and the beginning of '90 follows through on that, kicking off with a more positive outlook.

First episode 'Spring' - the four episodes being divided into the four seasons - opens with some good-natured larks, as Gadget (Andrew Ellis), Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) and Milky (Andrew Shim) wangle a free school lunch off of dinner lady kitchen boss Lol (Vicky McClure).

Milky's insistence that "the good times will come again" is
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This is England '90: Is this really the end for Shane Meadows' searing saga?

It's 10 years since cameras started rolling on Shane Meadows' seminal This Is England and now the award-winning saga is about to draw to a close, with This Is England '90 launching on Channel 4 this Sunday.

The Berlin Wall and Margaret Thatcher have fallen, tie-dye and bowl cuts are in vogue and there's plenty of sex, drugs and all-night raves - but This Is England's final TV outing also explores how old friends grow apart over time.

"This series, as it unfolds, we start to look at the summer of love - and the drugs become more serious," says Meadows. "Things start to change - for the better for some, and for the worse for others."

For the cast, This Is England '90 brings to an end an epic journey they never expected to embark upon. "I don't think any of us ever thought that we'd do any sort
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Find out when This Is England '90 will air on Channel 4

This Is England '90 now has an air date.

The final chapter in the series will begin on Channel 4 on Sunday, September 13 at 9pm.

Two years after the events of This Is England '88, the upcoming four-part outing follows the same group of youths in the north of England including Lol (Vicky McClure), Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) and Woody (Joe Gilgun).

Flip (Perry Fitzpatrick), Higgy (Joe Dempsie), Smell (Rosamund Hanson), Kelly (Chanel Cresswell), Harvey (Michael Socha), Trev (Danielle Watson), Gadget (Andrew Ellis) and Milky (Andrew Shim) are back as well.

This Is England '90 is written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. Meadows is also behind the camera.

The miniseries will premiere its first episode at the Edinburgh International Television Festival later this month.
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This Is England '90: Final four-part series to air in 2015

Channel 4 has confirmed that This Is England '90 will air next year

The Shane Meadows drama will conclude with a four-part series in 2015, set two years after the events of This Is England '88.

This Is England '90 will follow the same group of youths in the North, including Lol (Vicky McClure), Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) and Woody (Joe Gilgun).

The director said: "We will see an enormous transformation in the lives of our cast over these final four stories as Shaun writes his final chapter with the gang he loves."

Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, added: "We might feel like we've grown up with Lol, Woody, Shaun and the gang but what Shane has planned for them in these final four parts will ensure that they are in our hearts forever."

Milky (Andrew Shim), Smell (Rosamund Hanson), Gadget (Andrew Ellis), Harvey (Michael Socha), Kell (Chanel Cresswell), Trev
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Common review  a bleak, powerful drama thick with political intent

When Jimmy McGovern gets off his soapbox, this is a brutal and devastating drama

Jimmy McGovern's latest drama, Common (BBC1, Sunday), is about the controversial concept of joint enterprise murder. The characters say those three words over and over again, just so we know what we're supposed to be learning about. "It's about getting working-class scum off our streets," screams Game of Thrones' Michelle Fairley, playing the mother of a man accused under the law, in what may be the most McGovern-ish line ever uttered. Then, instructing us viewers as much as the character to which she is talking, she adds: "Put it into your laptop and see what you get."

This is bleak, powerful drama thick with political intent, which occasionally robs it of its quality. Johnjo, a 17-year-old haemophiliac who wants to impress his big brother's friends, gives them a lift to the pizza shop (it was filmed in Southport,
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Ones To Watch: Common

Jimmy McGovern returns on top form for his new one off BBC drama Common. Never afraid to hit on current issues, he looks at the issue of joint enterprise in the British justice system – and hits many provoking points along the way.

Common follows the story of 17-year-old Johnjo O’Shea (The Village‘s Nico Mirallegro) who thinks he is going out for a pizza with his cousin Tony (Philip Hill Pearson) and his friends Kieran (This Is England’s Andrew Ellis) and Colin (Jack McCullen), but he actually taking them to sort out the local loud mouth. While the altercation goes down, Kieran thinks an innocent bystander called Thomas Ward (Harry McMullen) is staring at him, and then fatally stabs him. As the drama plays out, we see the four lads, only one who actually killed Thomas, up for murder.

Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays and Andrew Tiernan are just
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'This Is England '90' will hopefully be the last, says Shane Meadows

Shane Meadows has said that he hopes This Is England '90 is his "full stop" on the series.

The director's 2006 movie This Is England spawned TV follow-ups This Is England '86 in 2010 and This Is England '88 in 2011, but work on the 1990 catch-up was halted while Meadows made his documentary The Stone Roses: Made of Stone.

> Shane Meadows on 'Made of Stone': 'The Stone Roses were just like us'

Asked if This Is England '90 would be his last part of the story, Meadows told Digital Spy: "Yeah, hopefully. I say hopefully because I don't want to end up ruining it, but I love the cast."

Producer Mark Herbert joked: "We should do This Is England '70, when they're at school!"

Meadows added: "This Is England the musical? Who knows!

"It's really hard to put down when you have so much fun doing something, so I hope I don't
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Hummingbird International Trailer Starring Jason Statham

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Hummingbird International Trailer Starring Jason Statham
A new international trailer for Hummingbird gives us a look at Jason Statham like we've never seen him before: With actual hair! The action star portrays Joey Jones, a former soldier who lives on the streets of London after escaping from a military court martial. He assumes the identity of another man and takes his vengeance out on those who prey on others. Take a look at the latest footage from this action-thriller, which doesn't have a domestic release date yet.

Hummingbird - International Trailer

Living homeless after going on the run from a military court-martial, Joey Jones (Jason Statham) is a damaged ex-special forces soldier trapped in London's criminal underworld. But when opportunity enables him to assume another man's identity, he is transformed into an avenging angel.

Hummingbird comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Jason Statham, Lee Asquith-Coe, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong, Senem Temiz, Siobhan Hewlett, David Bradley, Andrew Ellis.
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Parkville Pictures’ Borrowed Time seeks a Theatrical Release through Kickstarter

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Having made a slew of short films in recent years, and collaborated with Noah and the Whale on the immaculate The First Days of Spring, Parkville Pictures have recently been working with debut writer-director Jules Bishop on their first feature, Borrowed Time.

The film had an eighteen-day production back in the summer of 2011, with the help of Film London and the BBC Films Microwave scheme, shot for £120,000.

Fast forward a year, and the film had finally been completed, and now it’s ready for distribution. The path to distribution is of course an incredibly difficult one, especially for independent films like this one, and so Parkville have decided to become their own distributors, and raise the money for the task through Kickstarter.

Projects like these are becoming increasingly common – we’ve just recently seen the Kickstarter project for The Uncle Ruckus Movie, from The Boondocks creator, Andrew MacGruder – and they
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Win Demons Never Die on DVD

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To mark the release of Demons Never Die on DVD 20th February, we’ve been given two copies of the movie to give away. Demons Never Die stars Ashley Walters, Tulisa Contostavlos, Robert Sheehan, Reggie Yates, Jennie Jacques, Andrew Ellis, Emma Rigby, Shanika Warren-Markland, Femi Oyeniran, Jack Doolan and Jason Mazaand is directed by Arjun Rose.

When London detectives Bates and Mason (TopBoy’s Ashley Walters and Reggie Yates) are sent to investigate a series of deaths at a local high school, they soon focus on a teenage gang with a dark secret.

Led by misfit Archie (Robert Sheehan, Killing Bono, Misfits) and school psycho Kenny (Jason Maza, Rise of the Footsoldier) each member is battling their own inner demons – victims of violence, bullying, disorders and prejudice. These motives give each a reason to kill and a reason to die.

Written and directed by Arjun Rose and executively produced by
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Shane Meadows, digital technology and the making of This is England 88

How digital cameras saved Shane Meadows' sanity and defined the look and feel of the latest This is England instalment

So This is England is over again. For three luminous, heart-wrenching nights, the lives of Shaun, Woody, Lol and the crew completely transformed the mood and quality of advent TV, giving us a break from the mawkish seasonal "treats" we're more familiar with.

Shane Meadows' semi-autobiographical series has become known for its gritty realism, its grasp on the dank, cold colours of crumbling council estates, but also for the warmth of its brilliant cast.

Interestingly, capturing the feel of these places and these lives has been as much about technology as it has about Meadows mining his own childhood and teen years for inspiration. Behind the scenes, This Is England charts how Meadows has struggled with budgetary limitations throughout his career, and how the digital revolution has allowed
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Shane Meadows, digital technology and the making of This is England 88

How digital cameras saved Shane Meadows' sanity and defined the look and feel of the latest This is England instalment

So This is England is over again. For three luminous, heart-wrenching nights, the lives of Shaun, Woody, Lol and the crew completely transformed the mood and quality of advent TV, giving us a break from the mawkish seasonal "treats" we're more familiar with.

Shane Meadows' semi-autobiographical series has become known for its gritty realism, its grasp on the dank, cold colours of crumbling council estates, but also for the warmth of its brilliant cast.

Interestingly, capturing the feel of these places and these lives has been as much about technology as it has about Meadows mining his own childhood and teen years for inspiration. Behind the scenes, This Is England charts how Meadows has struggled with budgetary limitations throughout his career, and how the digital revolution has allowed
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Exclusive Clip from Demons Never Die – ‘Jenny and Killer’

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New British slasher movie, Demons Never Die hits UK cinemas this Friday, 28th October and Exile have given us this exclusive clip to share with our readers. Demons Never Die is directed by Arjun Rose, executive produced by Idris Elba and has a great British cast including Robert Sheehan, Jennie Jacques, Reggie Yates, Andrew Ellis, Emma Rigby, Ashley Walters, Shanika Warren-Markland, Femi Oyeniran, Jack Doolan, Jason Maza and new X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.

We got to host an event last week where we met and interviewed many of the cast and film makers responsible for Demons Never Due. You can see snippets from the Q&A and photos from the event here. If you’ve missed the trailer for the movie, that’s here too.

In this clip, we get to see what happens to one of the characters when they decide to catch a bus! Here’s a tip – always look behind you!
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HeyUGuys / Who’s Jack / Jameson / Demons Never Die Q&A Report & Photos

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Last night was the first ever HeyUGuys event and it went off with a bang! We teamed together with the amazing people from Who’s Jack Magazine to bring you a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers from brand new British horror / slasher movie, Demons Never Die at the Jameson Apartment in Soho which is in place for the duration of the London Film Festival.

Jon did a fantastic job anchoring the Q&A session which was attended by Director, Arjun Rose, Producer Rhian Williams from Exile and cast members, Jason Maza (who also produced), Shanika Warren-Markland and Andrew Ellis. The film was shot in just 18 days and from the trailer, it looks like a slick, gritty and we can’t wait to see the finished article when it’s released October 28th.

Arjun spoke about how John Carpenter movies and the Scream franchise affected his writing of Demons Never Die
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