May 2012, I started seeing Tweets and interviews online about a film that in all honesty I hadn’t heard of., It starred people that I wasn’t familiar with and was written, directed and made by names I wasn’t familiar with. That should reflect anything on the people I speak of. It was more the fact that I watched perhaps 300 films each year and at a guess, 5% of those films were made in the UK. I was pretty much a Hollywood convert. But as I began to retweet and chat to people who were connected with the film, I decided to watch it. I purchased the DVD, watched the film and really, really enjoyed it.
That film was The Rise & Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan and that day was a landmark day for both my podcasting and my writing. But more to the point, it was a landmark time for my viewing habits.
From then on I immersed myself in more British films in a month than I had in the previous year and movie after movie, I found ‘gold’ I also began to learn more about the British Independent film, who makes them, how they are made, how much they cost and the very small network of people who make, star and write them.
Never mind the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. How about the 3 degress of the British Indie movie. Its true. The British Independent film world is such a wonderful small family (for the most) built up with people who seem to know everyone else. Its been a wonderful year and I hope those years continue.
I wont go into the gems that I have discovered within this review because this review follows the film The Rise & Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan, or rather that film, but a year or so on from it
So, what has happened since the White Collar Hooligan rose and fell. Well the film itself is still in stores and online.
Its also on Netflix and I urge you to check it out.
It’s a great British crime drama/thriller starring Nick Nevern, Simon Phillips, Rebecca Ferdinando, Billy Murray and Rita Ramnani to name a few.
The film tells the story of Mike Jacobs (Nick Nevern) who finds himself agreeing to be part of a credit card fraud syndicate. Things go bad (as they often do) and the events of the story unfold over 90 minutes or so. To me the only negative point that I could ever give the film is the title. This isn’t a football hooligan film, many have commented to me that they hadn’t watched it because they don’t like football. This film whilst it does have minor links to football hooligans is a crime film whose main character (Mike Jacobs) is a football fan and also the fan of a punch up on Saturdays. Other than that the film follows the criminal underworld, intent on making as much money as possible.
So, back to the journey of the White Collar Hooligan. Its been over a year since the film and over a year for the characters within the film, but they are back. With the release of White Collar Hooligan 2:England Away.
As I did with the Scot Williams stage play ‘Hope’, I am going to avoid spoilers for White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away. I don’t need to go into the plot, or any kind of story summary. Whats the point. You will find all that out when you see the film.
Some characters are back. Some characters aren’t. Its great to see the ones who are, and the ones who aren’t back aren’t really needed in this continuation of Mike Jacobs journey
I took the option of rewatching the first White Collar Hooligan film the day before I watched the sequel (or part 2 as I prefer to think of it) and this did help. It refreshed my mind to the events of last year and I knew it would also allow me to see if the actors nailed the character performances again, as they did last year. They did.
The film story picks up 18 months after the end credits of White Collar Hooligan 1 and watching the two films makes up a wonderful story in all.
Paul Tanter is back writing and directing the film. He has yet again done a remarkable job both with the writing and the camera work, his skills as director have improved that it doesn’t cast any shadows over his previous projects. Nick Nevern puts on the character of Mike Jacobs as if he hasn’t been away . (He has been away. Nick is one hell of a busy actor)
Other than that, any characters I talk about will give away plot points which I don’t want to do. Part of the joy of watching this film was the “oh they are back” moments that I felt within the film.
Part of the pleasure of movies is the fact you don’t know what’s coming next and just being entertained by all the hard work the cast and crew put into a film in order to entertain the viewer.
So often people over look ‘small’ films in favour of the juggernaut Hollywood films that blast onto our IMAX screens or who star the latest flavour of the month. I learned that not only can small indie films easily compete with the multi-million dollar films, but more often than not, the small independent films can often outshine them. They just need a nudge in the right direction by people who have watched these films, who love these films and who recommend these films to those smart people who also know that the bigger the budget doesn’t mean the better the film is.
What counts is the talent behind the camera. What counts is the talent in front of the camera. What matters is the joining of those two factions and if the movie gods are smiling. Then a great film can come from it.
White Collar Hooligan 2:England Away was released on DVD and Blu Ray . May 20th2013.
There is also a double pack available for those who want to catch up on the first film.
Better than that. Whats better than White Collar Hooligan 2:England Away. Well that could be the rumblings of a White Collar Hooligan 3. Yes the first two are that good, a threequel could well be on its way.