Produced by Parallax Films in 1995
Written by Vincent O’Connell
Directed by Philip Davis
Produced by Sally Hibbin
Starring Reece Dinsdale, Saskia Reeves, Claire Skinner, Warren Clarke, Philip Glenister.
The first feature film to establish the football gang genre, Vincent was shortlisted for Best Screenplay at the Writer’s Guild Awards, and won the inaugral British Script D’Or. Based on true events surrounding the collapse of trials against Millwall football fans for conspiracy to cause acts of violence, it follows a team of undercover policemen as they infiltrate a gang of hard core hooligans. In particular, it charts the story of John, who goes so far into his role, he is unable to come out again.
(And yes, Vincent DID write the film, albeit based on an original story by James Bannon –Undercover Writer )
Trailer here, full film to come shortly.
Lovely Gumbo tribute (Gumbo is the most celebrated, iconic and quoted character in the film).
A nice review here http://www.andycarrington.co.uk/#/id/4532916028
And a very thoughtful recent one here, upon the film’s re-issue in blu-ray http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/75421/id.html