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White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away – Review

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Today sees the release to the follow up of Paul Tanter’s The Rise and Fall of the White Collar Hooligan and picks up in life after the job.

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Mike Jacob’s (Nick Nevern) has escaped to the Costa Del Sol and started his life again, but after a frankly convenient and chance encounter with two people from his old life that recognise him his life is turned upside down when his girlfriend is kidnapped and held hostage by the man he stole from. Desperate to save her he hunts down old associates that can help.

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Watch Nick Nevern talk about White Collar Hooligan 2 – England Away

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Star of The Rise and Fall of the White Collar Hooligan and it’s sequel White Collar Hooligan” England AWay, Nick Nevern chats about the films in this video.


White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away is out on Monday 20 May.

White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away

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The follow up to White Collar Hooligan has been announced with White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away.

Writer and Director Paul Tanter has put together the sequel to the story of Mike a football hooligan who turns on his crew and the pretty slick looking trailer is below.

The trailer gives us a glimpse into the not unfamiliar world of British football hooligan films, but this one looks like it’s a step up from other films in this vein.

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The film is released on May 20th of this year,  will it be going on your watch list?

Shooting wraps on Nick Nevern’s Hooligan Factory

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THE HOOLIGAN FACTORY

We’ve seen many football films, but actor turned director Nick Nevern is offering us a new take with The Hooligan Factory.

A spoof filmed across London in just 4 weeks The Hooligan Factory stars Ian Lavender (‘Private Pike’ in “Dad’s Army”) has joined the cast while Craig Fairbrass (RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER, CLIFFHANGER), Tamer Hassan (THE BUSINESS) and former West Ham and England footballer Julian Dicks also appear in cameo roles as does Chloe Simms (“The Only Way is Essex”). Previously announced cast members include British stars Tom Burke (DONKEY PUNCH, ONLY  GOD FORGIVES) and Josef Altin (“Game of Thrones”, EASTERN PROMISES) with cameo appearances from Leo Gregory (GREEN STREET), Tony Denham (THE FOOTBALL FACTORY) and famous reformed football hooligan Cass Pennant.

 

Look out for more on this fresh take on British football films soon!

Vicky Hinault

 

The Fall of the Essex Boys: Review

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The new film from Paul Tanter is based on the actual events of the rise and fall of the Essex Boys gang. The story takes us back to where it all began and eventually leading up to the culmination of the murders of notorious criminals; Patrick Tate, Craig Rolfe and Tony Tucker on 6th December 1995 in Rettendon, Essex where they were shot dead in their Range Rover whilst waiting for big drug deal.

With plenty of drugs, violence and colourful language this is unmistakably a British gangster film. It’s a raw and ruthless depiction of the Essex Boys reign in the 90’s and shows how far both the criminals and Police will go to get the job done.

This genre of film has been moulded and shaped over the years by such films as The Krays, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells, Snatch, The Football Factory, The Business, Rise of the Footsoldier and Layer Cake and have all had a great deal of success. The difficulty with this film that it tries to emulate some of the better films in the genre and breath life into it without really pulling it off. It is a story that we have seen told before notably through Terry Windsor’s Essex Boys (2000) and a plot that will seem fairly familiar to many films that have come before it.

 

However, it’s not without its redeeming factors. The look and feel of the film is spot on giving it enough of that British gritty edge that we all want to see in a gangster film. It also gives us more of an insight from the Police point of view as they struggle to deal with the mounting pressure to bring the Essex Boys to justice rather than just focusing on the criminals. The stand out scenes that are done well include the Amsterdam warehouse robbery and the tension filled final act. The standout performances go to Peter Barrett who plays the highly unpredictable and violent Pat Tate and Nick Nevern as Darren Nichols.

 

There is no doubt that this is very much a film that is male orientated. The language is strong, the women are naked and the violence is heavy and brutal. It has genuine moments of tension and fans of this type of film will love it but it feels like we have seen this film many times and done slightly better too. 

The Fall of the Essex Boys is in cinemas from 8th Feb on limited release and on DVD and Blu-ray from 18th Feb

Max Hubbard 

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