BLOOD MOON

5 out of 10

Release Date: 5th October 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Jeremy Wooding (The Magnificent Eleven / Bollywood Queen)

Cast: Shaun Dooley, Anna Skellern, Corey Johnson, Amber Jean Rowan, George Blagden, Raffeolo Degruttola, Eleanor Matsuura, George Webster, David Sterne with Kerry Shale and Jack Fox

Writer: Alan Wightman

Trailer: BLOOD MOON

review by Matt ‘ Silverbullet’ Usher below

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

LONDON ROAD

9 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 12th June 2015

Director: Rufus Norris (Broken (2013))

Cast: Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, Paul Thornley, Nick Holder, Claire Burt, Rosalie Craig, James Doherty, Hal Fowler, Linzi Hateley, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Schaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Hilton, Howard Ward, Duncan Wisbey, Eloise Laurence, Meg Suddaby with Kate Fleetwood and Tom Hardy

Writer: Alecky Blythe

Trailer: LONDON ROAD

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 2

5 out of 10

Release Date: 26th December 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Ricci Harnett

Cast: Ricci Harnett, Luke Mably, Coralie Rose, Johnny Palmiero, Joshua Osei, Scott Peden, Nabil Elouahabi, Andy Linden, Slaine Kelly, Tygo Gernandt, Georgia Bourke with Jasper Britton and Steven Berkoff

Writer: Ricci Harnett

Trailer: RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER 2

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Sick of films about Essex gangsters? Well, obviously the DVD buying public aren’t. So here we are again. A sequel to answer those wondering what became of former Essex Boys associate Carlton Leach (KILL THE BITCH) after the events of Rise of the Footsoldier.

The answer is not a lot. But saying that Ricci Harnett (TURNOUT) has found his signature role and makes a good job of building up the myth for Mr Leach. He certainly makes his muse proud here, kicking off over small mishaps, being nice to children, horrible to naked ladies and stopping to regret that he’s not the type of bloke to look at rainbows (but he wishes he was – or something). The amount of people that die in this film, it’s a wonder that Leach isn’t buried under the jail, but this is the point isn’t it. These films are built to enthrall, scare and build myths, not so much bore you with facts – see Essex Boys – The Truth that crams in so much detail it would send the average viewer into a coma. So what’s true and what isn’t shouldn’t bother the majority. Is it any good? Well, I’d say it’s quite good as it keeps you watching, it’s a suitable sequel and there’s no dip in quality, so it’s not a cheap cash-in.  The acting’s OK, and the film is cast with stalwarts of the game, although Luke Mably (EXAM) seems a bit bewildered by his quietly psychotic henchman’s torture methods and weird monologue about comparing such methods to listening to pop music on vinyl.

We catch up with Carlton Leach being muscled out of his nightclub, but he’s given a last chance by local gangster to be a debt collector. It’s all going well until one night he has to drop out of collection in Ibiza when his mystery / forgotten son turns up out of the blue. Leach gets to show his tender side in these familial scenes but elsewhere the ‘job’ in Ibiza goes wrong and people die. There are consequences and Mr Leach has to do some fast thinking to get out of the jam or die. Well the ending is daft as ‘comedy vampire’ from The Reverend (2012) shows up once more to overact and send the film back to the bottom of the cheap racks at Asda.

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If you like nude women there are stacks to leer over in this film, but there’s price. You also see Ricci Harnett‘s bum crack. Only a low-budget, megalomaniac actor/director would make us look at his arse crack. Maybe it’s a message to his critics. Or is it a message to Bernard O’Mahoney (ESSEX BOYS – THE TRUTH) who’s been busy discrediting Mr Leach for his direct involvement with the Essex Boys? Who knows? But there you have it crack addicts.

So it’s quiet praise but this is a lot better film than we’ve come expect from the ever growing ‘Essex crime-genre’.  It’s a worthy sequel to Rise of the Footsoldier (there’s no crap wigs in this one). And Ricci Harnett is a good actor in this kind of role. It’s also got a baffling one-scene cameo by Steven Berkoff (THE BIG I AM) as a comedy doctor? Can’t get to bottom of that one.

5 out of 10 – Solid, worthy sequel to the first one. Nothing great, beyond giving Ricci Harnett a chance to walk around in the character that made his name.

Second review down below by Matt ‘Ave a go, mate’ Usher

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

NORTH V SOUTH

3.5 out of 10

Release Date: 16th October 2015

Director: Steven Nesbit (Gloves Off)

Cast: Steven Berkoff, Bernard Hill, Elliott Tittensor, Brad Moore, Geoff Bell, Oliver Cotton, Charlotte Hope, Freema Agyeman, Gary Cargill, Sydney Wade, Dom Monot with Keith Allen, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi

Writer: Steven Nesbit

Trailer: North V South

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The makers of North V South have bothered to conjure a half-decent plot of sorts. It’s a shame then that despite the prescence of some reliable actors, there’s no flare or energy expended here. It’s mainly notable for seeing Steven Berkoff (RED 2) in a rare leading role. As Britpic fans will have noticed, he’s been delivering a string of cameos to low-budget filmmakers for some time now. So it’s good to see him earn his money with extended screen time.

The top firm from North meets up with their opposite number from the South. At the meeting, loose cannon from the South, Gary Little (BRAD MOORE – MONTANA) murders John Claridge’s (BERNARD HILL – DOUBLE X) best mate which kicks off a war of paranoia. The two teams line up as Berkoff, Keith Allen (SHALLOW GRAVE), Geoff Bell (THE BUSINESS) and Moore. From the North there’s Hill, Oliver Cotton (THE DANCER UPSTAIRS), Freema Ageyam (DR WHO) and Elliott Tittensor (SHAMELESS). Little does anybody know, that somehow and quite randomly, the latter is seeing  Vic’s (Berkoff) daughter (CHARLOTTE HOPE – I MISS YOU ALREADY). The lovers are working on borrowed time because Brad Moore has discovered their secret. So the tribes go to war in slow motion.

Acting aside, with a particularly good turn from Keith Allen and a reasonably well though out plot, this fails to live up to its promise. With the actors the filmmakers have managed to draw in you’d expect to see a war in progress. But beyond the front line of top men, there’s little evidence of a criminal empire to control. The sub-plot involving the young lovers is a bit insipid too. Elliott Tittensor is miscast as a ‘mob’ enforcer as he’s too small, neat and polite to convince anybody that he could rough them up if they were light that week on paying protection money. Brad Moore is introduced in the credits but we already know him from Montana and The Search For Simon. He is way over the top here and has definitely picked wrong role to showcase his skills as he’s way better in the two aforementioned films.

The plot also includes a child assassin who doubles as a waitress for Bernard Hill. Freema Agyeman is largely wasted in her first film role as a female mob enforcer who’s made to babysit the kid.  Oliver Cotton is underused too, so this is largely Berkoff, Tits and Moore’s show. The lack of budget doesn’t help or convince. So we’re left with a floppy, foul-mouthed piece which seems to think a dose of cartoon-violence will save its bacon. An extra dopey duel-narration from the lovers tops up the quota of bad ideas, exposing many of the film’s script weaknesses.

3.5 out of 10 – Straight-forward yet underpowered gangster film with a solid cast. It’s a shame some of these actors couldn’t have been assembled for a better film.

Second review by Joe Pesci II below. He’s a real gangster you know…

 

SURVIVOR

3.5 out of 10

UK / US co-production

Release Date: 5th June 2015

Director: James McTeighe (The Raven / Ninja Assassin / V For Vendetta)

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, James D’Arcy, Roger Rees, Frances de la Tour, Benno Furmann, Genevieve O’Reilly with Angela Bassett and Robert Forster

Writer: Philip Shelby

Trailer: Survivor

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Take  A Christmas Star as ‘Exhibit A’ that Pierce Brosnan no longer gives a monkey’s arse what happens to his film career post-Bond. This is ‘Exhibit B’. In Survivor, he takes the role of cardboard villain – The Watchmaker – who is supposedly the world’s scariest hitman, one that’s had some much facial reconstruction nobody knows what he looks like anymore. Milla Jovovich (CHAPLIN) plays the world’s most unlikely Intelligence agent at the US Embassy in London. She rumbles a conspiracy plot to smuggle evil chemists into America via a dodgy in-house via racquet run by her compromised boss, Bill (ROBERT FORSTER – MULHOLLAND DRIVE). In surviving a bomb blast to eliminate her whole team of paper pushers, she is then chased by The Watchmaker, who in turn frames her for the many bad things he does in an effort to find her. Meanwhile, good cops Dylan McDermott (IN THE LINE OF FIRE) and James D’Arcy (JUPITER ASCENDING) attempt to bring her in.

This is a dumb chase movie in the mould of The Fugitive or The Net but it comes across as a rote, sleepwalker of a retread of the Jason Bourne films. Like so many middle-weight movies, Survivor fails to distinguish itself. Even London looks embarrassed to be here, as the film clunks around like a 90s straight to video sequel to the Ipcress Files with none of the brains.

Good American actors are squandered in thankless roles, as they hover around in search of scraps that the two leads may have dropped. But sadly the ones at the top are living on scraps too. I’ve always suspected Pierce Brosnan of being a lazy actor, and beside being my favourite James Bond, elsewhere (with little exception) he’s played and mugged too broadly to ever convince he’s anyone but a showboating, handsome actor. He does nothing to change my opinion here and unless he’s got another Seraphim Falls alike or Love Is All You Need alike, he’s going to end up on the joker list of past heroes like Roger Moore or Burt Reynolds. Doomed to a life of cameos on the reboot of Smokey & The Bandit or Cannonball Run (hahaha).

Milla Jovovich fares no better with another non-role to mark time between her husband Paul WS Anderson‘s next Resident Evil holiday in hell. She’s competent enough but she looks put out and impatient on this occasion. Role on Resident Evil 6 or is it 7?

3.5 out of 10 – Stale chase thriller that moves slower than the average slug. Nonsensical plot devices and another dead fart of a performance from Ireland’s most laziest movie star, Pierce Brosnan.

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Milla Jovovich: Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 5, The Three Musketeers (2011), Stone, Resident Evil 4, The Fourth Kind, A Perfect Getaway, Resident Evil 3, Ultraviolet, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil, Zoolander, The Claim (2000), Million Dollar Hotel, Joan of Arc, The Fifth Element, Dazed and Confused, Chaplin, Kuffs, Return To The Blue Lagoon, Two Moon Junction
  • Pierce Brosnan: A Christmas Star, No Escape (2015), Some Kind of Wonderful, The November Man, The Love Punch, A Long Way Down, Love Is All You Need, The World’s End, Remember Me, The Ghost, Percy Jackson, Mamma Mia!, Married Life, Seraphim Falls, The Matador, After The Sunset, Laws Of Attraction, James Bond – Die Another Day, Evelyn, The Tailor Of Panama, James Bond – The World Is Not Enough, Grey Owl, The Match, Thomas Crown Affair (1999), James Bond – Tomorrow Never Dies, The Nephew, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Mrs Doubtfire, The Lawnmower Man, The Deceivers, The Fourth Protocol, Remington Steele (TV), Nomads, The Long Good Friday
  • Dylan McDermott: Automata, Olympus Has Fallen, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Messengers, Mistress of the Spices, Runaway Jury, Wonderlnad (2003), Three To Tango, Home For The Holidays, Destiny Turns On The Radio, Miracle on 34th Street (1994), The Cowboy Way, Sleeping Dogs Lie, In The Line of Fire, Jersey Girl, Hardware, Steel Magnolias, The Blue Iguana, Hamburger Hill
  • James D’Arcy: Agent Carter (TV), Downton Abbey (TV), Jupiter Ascending, Let’s Be Cops, Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock, The Age Of Heroes, W/E, Screwed (2011), Exorcist – The Beginning, Cloud Atlas, Master & Commander – The Far Side Of The World, An American Haunting, Flashbacks Of a Fool, The Trench
  • Roger Rees: The Prestige, Garfield 2, The Pink Panther (2006), The West Wing (TV), Frida, The Scorpion King, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999), Robin Hood – Men In Tights, Cheers (TV), Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Mountains of the Moon
  • Frances de la Tour: Alice In Wonderland 2, The Lady In The Van, Mr Holmes, Vicious (TV),  Into The Woods, Trap for Cinderella, Private Peaceful, Hugo, Harry Potter- Parts 4 & 7, Alice In Wonderland (2010), The Book Of Eli, The History Boys, Rising Damp (TV)
  • Benno Furmann: In Darkness, Mutant Chronicles, Speed Racer, Joyeux Noel, The Sin Eater, My House In Umbria
  • Genevieve O’Reilly: Banished (TV), Forget Me Not, Episodes (TV)
  • Angela Bassett: London Has Fallen, Chi-Raq, White Bird In a Blizzard, Black Nativity, Olympus Has Fallen, This Means War, Green Lantern, Jumping The Broom, ER (TV), Notorious, Akeelah & The Bee, Mr & Mrs Smith, Mr 3000, Sunshine State, The Score, Supernova, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Contact, Waiting To Exhale, Vampire In Brooklyn, Panther, Strange Days, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Malcolm X, Innocent Blood, Passion Fish, Critters 4, City of Hope, Boyz-n-the Hood
  • Robert Forster: Twin Peaks (TV), London Has Fallen, Automata, The Descendants, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Thick As Thieves, Rise – Blood Hunter, Lucky Number Slevin, Firewall, Grand Theft Parsons, Charlie’s Angels 2, Like Mike, Mulholland Drive, Me Myself & Irene, Supernova, Psycho (1998), American Perfekt, Jackie Brown, Original Gangstas, Scanner Cop 2, American Yakuza, Maniac Cop 3, Chequered Flag, The Delta Force, Alligator, The Black Hole

THE LOBSTER

6 out of 10

UK / Ireland / Greece / Finland / France / USA co-production

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 16th October 2015

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, Jessica Barden, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, Michael Smiley, EmmaEdel O’Shea, Garry Mountaine with Ashley Jensen and John C Reilly

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos 

Trailer: The Lobster

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Colin Farrell: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Solace, True Detective (TV), A Winter’s Tale, Saving Mr Banks, Dead Man Down, Seven Psychopaths, Total Recall (2012), London Boulevard, Fright Night (2011), Ondine, Horrible Bosses, The Way Back, The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus, In Bruges,  Crazy Heart, Cassandra’s Dream, Miami Vice Movie, The New World, Intermission, Alexander, S.W.A.T., Veronica Guerin, Phone Booth, Daredevil, Minority Report, The Recruit, Hart’s War, Tigerland, The War Zone
  • Rachel Weisz: Oz The Great and Powerful, 360,The Bourne Legacy, Dream House, The Deep Blue Sea (2011), The Lovely Bones, The Brothers Bloom, My Blueberry Nights, Eragon (voice), The Fountain, The Constant Gardner, Constantine, Runaway Jury, the Shape Of Things, About a Boy, The Mummy 1 & 2, Enemy At The Gates, Beautiful Creatures, I Want You, Land Girls, Bent, Chain Reaction, Stealing Beauty, Death Machine
  • Lea Seydoux: Gambit (2016), James Bond – Spectre, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Grand Central, Mission Impossible 4, Midnight In Paris, Robin Hood (2010), Inglourious Basterds
  • Olivia Colman: Consider Yourself, Peep Show (TV), London Road, Broadchurch (TV), Locke (voice), Mr Sloane (TV), Cuban FuryI Give It a Year, Hyde Park On The Hudson, The Iron Lady, Tyrannosaur, Le Donk & Scorsayzee, Hot Fuzz, Confetti, Green Wing (TV), Peep Show (TV)
  • Ben Whishaw: The Danish Girl, In The Heart of the Sea,  Suffragette, James Bond – Spectre, Paddington (voice), Lilting,  The Zero Theorem,  James Bond – Skyfall, The Cloud Atlas, The Tempest (2010), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Bright Star, I’m Not There, Perfume, Stoned
  • Jessica Barden:Far From The Madding Crowd (2015), Comedown, In The Dark Half, Hanna, Tamara Drewe
  • Ariane Labed: Assassin’s Creed, Seances
  • Angeliki Papoulia: Dogtooth
  • Michael Smiley: Free Fire, The Devil Went Down To Islington, Luther (TV), Glassland, Black Sea, We Are The Freaks, SvengaliFor Those In PerilThe World’s EndA Field In England, The ABCs of Death, Shell, Kill ListBurke & HareDown TerraceOutpost,  Big Fat Gypsy Gangster
  • Ashley Jensen: The Legend of Barney Thompson, All StarsPirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (voice), Hysteria, Gnomeo & Juliet (voice), Ugly Betty (TV), How To Train Your Dragon (voice), Nativity!, A Cock & Bull Story, Extras (TV)
  • John C Reilly: King Kong 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Life After Beth, Anchorman 2, Wreck-It-Ralph (voice), The Dictator (2012), Carnage, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Cedar Rapids, Cyrus, Cirque Du Freak – The Vampire’s Assistant, Step Brothers, Walk Hard, Year of the Dog, Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny, Dark Water, The Aviator, Criminal (2004), Anger Management, The Hours, Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Good Girl, The Perfect Storm, Magnolia, For The Love of the Game, Never Been Kissed, The Thin Red Line, Boogie Nights, Nightwatch (1996), Boys, Hard Eight, Dolores Claiborne, The River Wild, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Hoffa, Shadows and Fog, State of Grace, Days of Thunder, We’re No Angels, Casualties of War

 

 

THE LADY IN THE VAN

7 out of 10

Release Date: 13th November 2015

Director: Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys / Center Stage / Object of Affection / The Crucible (1996) / The Madness of King George III)

Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Gwen Taylor, Deborah Findlay, Cecilia Noble, David Calder, Pandora Colin, Nicholas Burns, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell Moore, Russell Tovey, Dermot Crowley, Sacha Dhawan, Andrew Knott, Alan Bennett with Marion Bailey, James Corden and Dominic Cooper

Writer: Alan Bennett

Trailer: THE LADY IN THE VAN

The-Lady-in-the-Van-Teaser-PosterBased on a memoir by Alan Bennett about Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman who lived in a van on his driveway for 15 years. Played here by Alex Jennings (WINGS OF A DOVE) and Maggie Smith (SISTER ACT) it’s a colourful and funny film that’s not all together successful.

First off, it seems mean-spirited to criticise such a charming film about such an uncharming pair but the clever device of using two Alan Bennett’s (one to live and one to write) has been done better in Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze’s Adaptation. It’s a cheekie swipe for which the film will take a lot of credit, as many of the audience won’t have seen the latter. The film’s also wildly uneven with Jim Broadbent (THE SENSE OF AN ENDING) popping in to deliver one of his crappest performances in a long time. Elsewhere, we have stock actors playing parts they can essay in their sleep – hello Roger Allam (SPEED RACER) as smarmy creep neighbour number one and Frances de la Tour (RISING DAMP) as good-spirited over-familiar posh bird.  Another distraction is a parade of cameos from the cast of director Nicholas Hyntner and Alan Bennett’s last film collaorbation – The History Boys. About six or seven of them pootle on for one scene. And when the film goes all meta at the end with a walk-on by the real Alan Bennett, you’re wondering what it’s all for?  Finally, storytelling devices that were used by Fellini or Kiaraostami have crept into the silver pound genre!

Anyway, I’ll stop being a miser now, because I actually found it very funny and enjoyable inspite of its shortcomings. There’s nothing quite so funny as a facetious bit of backchat by Alan Bennett and there’s a fair bit here. No spoilers shall I give but the scene with Marion Bailey’s (MEANTIME) nun was my favourite. It was also sad when it needed to be and even though is was full of annoying story-telling gimmicks, the script and the actors gave the whole film a sinereity rarely felt in films aimed at old biddies (see Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the height of cynical filmmaking).

7 out of 10 – Very well played and welcome return for actor / director partnership Bennett and Hytner. I wish they’d have played the film straight rather than have such a fussy structure. They pull it off on this occassion but only just – because they’re bacon was saved by the two leads – who deserve awards respectively.

Second review from Turd in a Box – Matt Usher below…

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Maggie Smith: Downton Abbey (TV), Second Best Marigold Hotel, My Old Lady, Quartet, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Harry Potter – 1 to 8, Nanny McPhee 2, Keeping Mum, Ladies In Lavender, Gosford Park, Tea With Mussollini, Washington Square, The First Wives’ Club, Richard III (1995), The Secret Garden, Sister Act 1 & 2, Hook, A Room With a View, A Private Function, The Missionary, California Suite, Death On The Nile, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Othello (1965)
  • Alex Jennings: Denial, Lucky Man (TV), Castles In The Sky, Silk (TV), Belle, Trap For CinderellaWe’ll Take ManhattanThe Disappeared, The Queen, The Wings Of The Dove, War Requiem
  • Jim Broadbent: The Legend of Tarzan, Bridget Jones 3, The Sense of an Ending, Eddie The Eagle, War & Peace (TV), Brooklyn, Big Game, Get Santa, Paddington, Postman Pat (voice), The Harry Hill Movie, Closed Circuit, Le Week-EndFilth, Cloud Atlas, The Iron Lady, Arthur Christmas (voice)Another Year, Harry Potter- part 8, Harry Potter- part 6, The Damned United, Young Victoria, Inkheart, Indiana Jones 4, Hot Fuzz, Chronicles Of Narnia- The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Bridget Jones 2, Vera Drake, Vanity Fair, Bright Young Things, Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Gangs Of New York, Iris, Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones, Little Voice, Topsy Turvy, The Avengers, The Borrowers, Smilla’s Feeling For Snow, The Secret Agent, Rough Magic, Richard III (1995), Princess Caraboo, Bullets Over Broadway, Widow’s Peak, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Life Is Sweet, Erik The Viking, Vroom, Brazil
  • Frances de la Tour: Alice In Wonderland 2, Vicious (TV), Miss You Already, Survivor (2015), Mr Holmes, Vicious (TV), Into The Woods, Trap for Cinderella, Private Peaceful, Hugo, Harry Potter- Parts 4 & 7, Alice In Wonderland (2010), The Book Of Eli, The History Boys, Rising Damp (TV)
  • Roger Allam: The Hippopotamus, The Truth Commisioner, Endeavour (TV),  Mr Holmes, A Royal Night Out, The Book Thief (voice), Game of Thrones (TV), The Angel’s ShareThe Woman In BlackThe Iron Lady, Tamara Drewe, V Is For Vendetta, Speed Racer, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, A Cock and Bull Story
  • Gwen Taylor: Another Mother’s Son, Coronation Street (TV), Heartbeat (TV), Barbara (TV), Came Out It Rained Went Back In Again, A Bit of a Do (TV), Duty Free (TV)
  • Deborah Findlay: Truly Madly Deeply
  • David Calder: Queen of the Desert, Rush (2013), Titanic (TV), Teh Mummy 3, Mr In-Between, The King Is Alive, James Bond – The World Is Not Enough, Fairytale, Hollow Reed, American Friends, Defence of the Realm, Widows 2 (TV), Widows (TV)
  • Nicholas Burns: War Book, The World’s End, Benidorm (TV), Nathan Barley (TV)
  • Claire Foy: Rosewater, Wolf Hall (TV), Vampire Academy, Wreckers, Upstairs/Downstairs (TV), Season Of The Witch
  • Stephen Campbell Moore: The Ones Below, Man Up, Johnny English 2, Season Of The Witch, The Bank Job,  The History Boys, Bright Young Things
  • Russell Tovey: The Hippopotamus, The Pass, Blackwood, Effie Gray, Pride (2014), Muppets Most Wanted, Grabbers, Tower Block, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (voice), Huge, The History Boys, Being Human (TV)
  • Dermot Crowley: Luther (TV), Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, Holy Waters, Bleak House (TV)(1995), James Bond – Octopussy, Star Wars – Return of The Jedi
  • Sacha Dhawan: Chuggington (TV) (voice), Utopia (TV), 24 (TV), Last Tango In Halifax (TV), Splintered, Bradford Riots, The History Boys
  • Andrew Knott: Spike Island, Sex & Drugs & Rock-n-Roll,  In Our Name, The History Boys, Where The Heart Is (TV), Black Beauty (1994), The Secret Garden
  • Alan Bennett: Meg & Mog (TV), Telling Tales (TV), Fortunes of War (TV), On The Margin (TV), Talking Heads (dir) (TV), Jackanory (TV)
  • Marion Bailey: Mr Turner, Vera Drake, All or Nothing, Nasty Neighbours, Shine On Harvey Moon (TV), Mean Time
  • James Corden: The Late Late Show With James Corden (TV), Norm of the North (voice), Kill Your Friends, Into The Woods, One Chance, The Three Musketeers (2011), Telstar, Gulliver’s Travels (2010), Gavin and Stacey (TV), Horne & Corden (TV), Lesbian Vampire Killers, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, The History Boys, Starter For 10, Pierrepoint, Fat Friends (TV), Teachers (TV), Heartlands, All or Nothing, Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? Twentyfourseven
  • Dominic Cooper: Warcraft, Preacher (TV), Miss You Already, Agents of SHIELD (TV), Dracula Untold, Need For Speed, Fleming (TV), Summer In February, My Week With Marilyn, Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Slayer, The Devil’s Double, Captain America, Tamara Drewe, An Education, The Duchess, Mamma Mia!, The Escapist, The History Boys, Starter For 10