Wednesday, 1 February 2012

First look at James McAvoy in 'Welcome To The Punch' and in 'Filth'

How did the UK film-makers behind Welcome To The Punch attract an A-list cast, top financiers and Ridley Scott? Made for just $153,000 (£100,000) under Film London’s Microwave scheme in 2008, Eran Creevy’s Shifty was one of the most impressive UK debut features in recent years. With a sharpness that belied its micro-budget origins, the urban crime thriller scored a Bafta nomination and put Creevy and his producers, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of London-based Between The Eyes, into the industry spotlight.

Their follow-up, Welcome To The Punch, is now in post. The film is an action thriller about a London detective (James McAvoy) and an ex-criminal (Mark Strong) forced to return from his Icelandic hideaway, who become allies in a bid to expose a high-level conspiracy. The cast also includes Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan.

Read more at Screen Daily

Take a look at James McAvoy in Filth

It’s been a long old while since one of Irvine Welsh’s scabrous black comedies was adapted for the big screen, but fans of Filth will be pleased to see that James McAvoy looks suitably dissolute in the latest images from the forthcoming movie adaptation.

McAvoy plays Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, an Edinburgh policeman with an unfortunate predilection for booze, drugs and sexually abusive relationships.

As Christmas approaches, Robertson is hoping for a nice long blow-out to indulge his various vices, but the matter of a missing wife and child and a racially fraught murder case soon complicate matters.

With a tapeworm Robertson develops serving as one of the novel’s narrators, the subject material is anything but conventional, so Scottish director Jon S. Baird will likely have his work cut out for him. However, he does have a rather excellent cast to work with, with McAvoy supported by Jamie Bell, Joanne Froggatt, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent and Imogen Poots.

is expected to arrive in the latter part of 2012, although no release date has been confirmed as yet. Could it be a worthy successor to Trainspotting? Let’s hope so.

Source: Total Film

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