Or Lenny Henry: How I Should Have Lived My Life.
This is a thinly veiled autobiographical drama shot through with wish fulfillment from the Dudley funnyman, a kind of 'If I knew then what I know now' approach to real events from his early years in the 1970s.
Because the rise to stardom in that less enlightened era meant Lenny Henry had to make some compromises along the way. Most significantly this was shown when the New Faces finalist was…
In the early hours of Thursday 8th August, 1963 a 15 strong gang of robbers tampered with the line signals at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, Buckinghamshire and attacked the halted Royal Mail train, stealing £2.6 million (£50 million in today's money) It was an audacious crime that went on to be known worldwide as The Great Train Robbbery.
Four years later producer Michael Deeley secured the rights to Peta Fordham's book based on the robbery and, alongside star Stanley Baker…
What an amazing film.
Firstly if you're a nerd for the aesthetics of film, you'll love it. The 70s setting, the Giallo references are all perfect that you don't think of it as a present day film set in the 70s, this could be a lost forgotten 70s film.
Secondly, if you're a nerd for the mechanics of film, the technology, you'll REALLY love it.
I belong in the former camp really but this film has really given…
Oh Wheatley you weird mad fucker. You're just not happy unless your audience is completely and utterly bemused are you? Just when you give us something we can all grasp easily and find palatable (albeit dark of course) in Sightseers, you go and throw up this one.
Imagine if Michael Reeves took an LSD trip when making The Witchfinder General. Think of Peter Watkins Culloden or Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's Winstanley on shrooms. Chuck in a liberal dose of…