We’re onto week 3 of #MoviolaTogether. After a democractic vote – BRASSED OFF came out on top.
There shall be no extension to this result! Brassed Off means Brassed Off!
The film is available to watch through Channel 4’s catch up service either on your TV or through the internet here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/brassed-off/on-demand/20051-001
Last week’s film was LOCAL HERO – a quirky comedy set in the far reaches of Scotland where an oil refinery is to be built by a Texan company, who sends their employee to get the locals to move out.
Helen, from Screen in the Square in Orkney, told us on Facebook:
“Seen this film several times now and it gets better every time! Also very pertinent for us living on an island! Thanks for screening it.“
Helen (another one!) told us via WhatsApp:
“Local Hero has a similar theme to Fisherman’s Friends but fell short for me. It brought home to me that the big screen is so much better. You can become involved in the story without the distractions of phone, family wandering in, etc.”
Over on WhatsApp, someone suggest we hold a poll and from the nine films chosen (available for free in the UK), BRASSED OFF (1996) came out on top. Top brass.
Starring the late Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald.
It’s grim(ethorpe) up north as the local pit is closed down in a Yorkshire town. Everyone is down and out but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! The mine’s colliery band are pretty good, having passed on the tradition from generation to generation, and there’s a talent contest that might put Grimethorpe back on the map. Can the conductor, Danny, pull together this ragtag bunch of enthusiasts to take the top prize?
The real-life Grimethorpe colliery band are featured in the film and performed all of the music. Their concert at The Royal Albert Hall on the 15th April was sadly cancelled, so instead the band performed music live for Film Four as part of their television screening. You can watch their ‘at home’ performance of Danny Boy here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1250529869617905668
BRASSED OFF is available on FilmFour ‘s catchup service ALL 4 .
You can watch it through Sky TV’s catch up service, on your smart TV, or your tablet/laptop/phone by going here:
We can’t wait to hear from you!
For further fun, once you’ve seen the film, here’s a Q&A with star Jim Carter from a previous performance held at The Royal Albert Hall and made available thanks to the RAH’s archive. It stars Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Tompkinson, the producer and the director/writer.
It’s a lovely little addition to understand what it took to get the film made!