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November 2nd 2009
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Tom Copland; from Brit Grit Horror to Social Realist Comedy Released -December 20th
Certificate -PG Director -Tom Copland Cast -Tom Shaw, Sam Thomas, Bethan Herbert Screenwriter -Tom Copland Running time -5mins Plot - Leeds, 2009: as the end of Leeds bin strike makes frontpage news, not everyones bin has been emptied. Poor Michael Johnson is left with the difficult task of trying to get rid of it.
Sat waiting for the screening of Tom Copland’s brand new
film ‘Procrastination’, I feel a sense of worry for the quality of his new film. Previously, being part of ‘Monkey Funk Productions’, and now making his solo debut as writer, director and editor for his brand new film. I hope my worry wont be justified, doing the vast majority of this by himself, could allow cracks to show, the unknown cast may flop and the time limit may inhibit the quality.
“We know where we stand and we are all confident of the Roughly script and its a
month ago, on a cold October day, I went to see how Copland was getting on, on the set of ‘Procrastination’. I managed to get a word with the actor playing Michael, Tom Shaw, whilst taking a breather from shooting, he told Movie Watch that “Tom’s [Copland] authority over the cast really shows, we know
where we stand and we are all confident of the script and its quality.”. Despite the endorsement of the cast I was not convinced. At the Movie Watch offices we cover a vast range of upcoming movies, video games and music, and we’ve seen our fair share from flumping debut films to stand out debuts such as Danny Boyle with Trainspot ting. Having meticulously observed Copland and with the amount of preparation that has been done I am starting to warm towards his truly unique creation. Having been able to grab a few words with Copland backstage at the BAFTAs prior to the filming, he hinted that union striking could make him a fortune. Now I know why, the 13 week long bin strike in the heart of Leeds was the catalyst for this creation. There are clear references throughout to that of the 1993 Joel Schumacher film; ‘Falling Down’, to Vince Vaughn and even an unlikely reference to Hilda Ogden (Jean Anderson) who appeared in the soap, Coronation Street, from 1964 to 1987. With all the strong characters involved they have all gelled together
unusually well. From the characters to the plot-line this film oozes uniqueness. The film has something to offer everyone, from the short tempered, every guy, Michael (Tom Shaw), to the irritating, yet endearing tramp, Jerry (Sam Thomas). Copland has created a solid platform for his debut and the bar has been raised considerably. I think that there is definitely more to come from Copland whether it be in the form of a his vastly growing reputation, or the reunion of Monkey Funk Productions, you need Interesting to watch this space.
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Overall this film is an • Michael Johnson intriguing and daring (the main debut film by Copland, but well worthy of a much protagonist) is converted Movie Watch named after 4.5/5. The actors are second to none and the Michael Douglas. script brings out the best • The Leeds bin in them. Whilst it maintains this it tackles a strike ended the big issue currently littered day shooting in the news with striking commenced. unions. Making it attractive to people • Shooting had to throughout the country
be postponed three times due
Below; Tom Shaw playing Michael and Tom Copland, writer, producer and director, reading through the script.
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