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Diary of a Bad Lad (92mins / color)
Starring Joe O’Byrne, Donna Henry, Paul Birtwistle.
Written and produced by Jon Williams
Directed by Michael Booth
A film about property rackets, pornography, prostitution, drugs and the media.
Special pre-release screening with Q & A.
Friday 6 June, 8pm
The Green Room
£5.00 and £3.00 concessions.
54-56 Whitworth St West
Manchester M1 5WW
0161 615 0500
“The best film to come out of the North West in a decade!” Danny Moran, Citylife Magazine
“I was totally taken in that this fiction film was an actual documentary. I was moved to horror, anger and outrage as I watched it, ready to protest to the organisers who screened it about how they could condone such journalism.* Right up till the very end I thought I was watching a documentary about drugs, pornography and rape.* But the real story, about the media's lack of ethics, crept up on me, caught me unawares; without me realising it I began judging the crew, in particular the presenter, for his incalculably inhumane and opportunistic behaviour. An excellent film.” Kothai Kanthan, filmmaker, documentarist, ex-BBC reporter
“A jet-black comedy that shows what British independents could and should be doing.” Ben Blaine, Shooting People.org
"It's very polished, with a very high standard of acting" Alex Cox, Director - Sid and Nancy, Repo Man
“The genius of this staggeringly-realistic faux documentary is that its black humour makes you laugh even as another part of you is thinking, "Oh my god - what these people are doing is horrific." It entertains hugely for an hour and a half, but leaves you with many unsettling thoughts on both the horrors of the crimes committed by the "Bad Lad" Tommy and the exploitative nature of the media and the ethics of journalists. These themes have never been more relevant. Damn-near perfect” Neil Oseman, director and cinematographer
“One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time, regardless of cost. The performances are outstanding and it’s made with a directorial style which is completely gripping from beginning to end.” Bruno Coppola, award winning director
“A very cool film.” Nik Powell, producer The Crying Game, Mona Lisa, Fever Pitch
“I’m gobsmacked at how good it is.” Neal Keeling, Manchester Evening News
“Absolutely superb, and completely inspiring.” Chris Bernard, Director, Letter to Brezhnev
"A better exploration of complicity than Man Bites Dog... It's very good indeed." Steve Balshaw, Programmer, Kino Film
"...gritty, and semi-pornographic as well..." Terry Christian
More about the film
“Diary of a Bad Lad” is a 100% independent production from Blackburn-based “Pleased Sheep Films” (www.pleasedsheep.com). It was made on ‘no-budget’.
The Producer - Jon Williams, Director - Michael Booth and lead actor - Joe O’Byrne will be present at the screening to answer questions on everything from how they managed to pull it off, to why they chose to work outside the system.
“Diary of a Bad Lad” a film made without compromise about people without principles by people without money!
Contact: Jon Williams, 01254 245157. Joe O’Byrne 01204 419510
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