Urban and the Shed Crew (2015)

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.

 

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Production Details

Cast

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

 

 

Urban2I 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).

 

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

Urban4Well, 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)

 

 

Urban5I 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)

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