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Film News: The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan Coming to Cinemas

June 9, 2012
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Soccer hooliganism explodes into the world of white-collar crime head on as two recently reunited footie friends find themselves way out of their league in this hard-hitting compelling British crime-thriller – based on a true story – from the producers of “The Last Seven” and “Elfie Hopkins”.

The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan brings to the viewers a variety of talent, like Nick Nevern (Demons Never Die; Terry), Ricci Harnett (Rise Of The Footsoldier; 28 Days Later) and Simon Phillips (Airborne).  It was written and directed by Paul Tanter (creator of “Jack Says” trilogy) and produced by Jonathan Sothcott (Elfie Hopkins; Devil’s Playground).

Synopsis: “Unemployed and desperately seeking work, Mike Jacobs bumps into an old friend, Eddie Hill, during a post-match riot and arranges to hook up for a drink later that evening. Fortuitously, Ed’s got a business opportunity for Mike – working as a courier, cash-in-hand, no questions asked. Concerned that he might be getting involved in drug dealing, Mike’s somewhat relieved to learn that Ed’s scam involves credit card fraud and the only victims as far as they are concerned are the banks. What Mike doesn’t know is Ed is in the pocket of notorious London gangster whose choice of crime may have changed but whose methods certainly haven’t. Seduced by the money, drugs women and new life his new career delivers, Mike ignores the warning signs and, with circumstances spiralling way out of control, is eventually forced to make a life-changing decision, the repercussions of which will affect everyone close to him.”

On a personal note, judging by the trailer it’s clear that there’s a definite bit of a Green Street Hooligans (a.k.a Green Street) vibe going on and if The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan is half as good, I’m going to absolutely adore it.  According to initial reports on the upcoming flick it’s said to be a tautly-scripted scripted thriller that, perhaps for the first time, addresses the realities of what happens when what was once perceived as “victimless” white-collar crime becomes the domain of thugs and gangsters. And, much like “The Firm” and “The Devil’s Advocate”, it’s also the story of an easily-identifiable everyman who genuinely wants to do the right thing but, thanks to temptation, finds himself in too deep with no easy way out. The first release from Chata Pictures (formed by the producers of “The Last Seven” and “Elfie Hopkins”), the film also features a riveting lead performance by rising star, Nick Nevern.  All that’s good and well, but why don’t you be the judge yourself?

The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan is opening in select cinemas come 22 June 2012 in the UK.

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