Thanks to @JulieKoksharova,
— Julia Koksharova (@JulieKoksharova) February 15, 2018
Candida Brady has tweeted that Urban and the Shed Crew has been chosen to be shown at the Newcastle International Film Festival. The date of the showing is not known yet, but the film festival begins March 28 and ends April 1.
— Candida Brady (@candidabrady) February 5, 2018
The Northern Niche website states that Richard will be attending.
A couple of encouraging tweets.
Exciting Urban news coming soon…
— Candida Brady (@candidabrady) January 30, 2018
— Veloce (@uVeloce) January 30, 2018
The link in the second tweet goes to the Blenheim shop where you can ‘purchase’ (donate) –
credit on Urban and the Shed Crew (£25), credit (£50), and a limited edition poster (£25).
And, this from @chrissyinwm taken from Urban and the Shed Crew’s Facebook page –
— Chrissyinwm (@chrissyinwm) January 31, 2018
Blenheim Films is, in effect, seeking crowd funding for the distribution of a DVD of Urban and the Shed Crew by offering fans credit on Urban and the Shed Crew and its new poster. There are several people who are interested in a simple donation without receiving the poster. Some issues are still unclear, such as what happens if the optimum goal of £50,000 is not reached. We will try and keep you updated as plans for this progress. It will probably be best to consider any contribution as a donation.
We have uploaded a 2-page transcript of the Urban and the Shed Crew interview uploaded 27th April, 2016, to our Library. This link is to page 1 and you can use the Library’s thumbnails to navigate to the second page (or, through the Library).
Candida Brady has tweeted her promised new interview with Richard.
The film is based on Bernard Hare’s best selling memoir, itself based on his experiences as an ex-social worker and his efforts to reclaim a eleven-year-old boy, “Urban Grimshaw” along with his gang, ‘The Shed Crew’ – “glue-sniffing, joy-riding, illiterate … ” outcast children between 10 and 14, who are the result of society’s neglect – twentieth century descendants of Fagin’s gang of pickpockets who spend their days, “… sitting round a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars…” . Richard plays ‘Chop’, a disillusioned, ex-social worker, “… with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living”, who encounters Urban and decides to save him and, possibly, himself (Urban and the Shed Crew website).
As at February, 2016, the film has not been given a world-wide release. However, it’s ‘official’ opening was at the 2016 Leeds International Film Festival, where it was shown on 7th and 8th November. The 7th November screening was accompanied by a Q&A with Richard Armitage, Candida Brady and Bernard Hare.
Fraser Kelly – Urban Grimshaw
Anna Friel – Greta Grimshaw
Richard Armitage – “Chop”
Neil Morrisey – “Doc”
Director – Candida Brady
Writers – Candida Brady, Bernard Hare, Tiffany Sharp
Producer – Blenheim Films
I was really looking for something that had … sort of a realism to it and heart and soul (Urban and the Shed Crew Q & A conducted at Chapel FM – Richard Armitage (Chop), Candida Brady (Director) and Bernard Hare (Author) November 7, 2015).
I’m just a storyteller so it’s my job to read a script, to read Bernard’s brilliant book, … I felt that was my job to, to try and ignite that, and for an audience, and because it’s the one thing that you can’t write about, you can’t describe, but when you see Bernie with, with the Crew even today there’s, there’s such an affinity between them, and to be allowed to come into that world and, and be part of it, was an amazing privilege. (Urban and the Shed Crew Q & A conducted at Chapel FM – Richard Armitage (Chop), Candida Brady (Director) and Bernard Hare (Author) November 7, 2015)
Well, my, my dad grew up in Leeds with his two sisters and they grew up in the 40’s through the war and I know that, for example, they all slept in the same bed. They had a two-up-two-down; there was food on the table; my, my grandfather worked in the pit … but northerners are very good at putting up a façade and making sure that you know everything’s okay and, and just getting on with it, and I feel like you live in the reality that you live in … (Urban and the Shed Crew Q & A conducted at Chapel FM – Richard Armitage (Chop), Candida Brady (Director) and Bernard Hare (Author) November 7, 2015)
I smoked so many rollies … I, by the end of the shoot I really just looked like crap. … we were naughty because we really weren’t supposed to smoke tobacco but, but fake tobacco just doesn’t burn on film in the same way that tobacco does so Anna and I would sneak in real tobacco so that – (Urban and the Shed Crew Q & A conducted at Chapel FM – Richard Armitage (Chop), Candida Brady (Director) and Bernard Hare (Author) November 7, 2015)
Yes, it’s a, it’s a running joke. Every time a script comes along it’s clean of water and then all of a sudden a water scene is written in, but this was there from the beginning, I just flicked very quickly through that, that part of the book and – (Urban and the Shed Crew Q & A conducted at Chapel FM – Richard Armitage (Chop), Candida Brady (Director) and Bernard Hare (Author) November 7, 2015)
Our deep gratitude to Chrysanthe for her fanvid of the LIFF Urban and the Shed Crew Q&A. We’ve now added some caps to our Gallery.