Arifa Akbar in the Independent reports that the residents of Green Street, a thriving, multi-ethnic road in east London, are not so happy about Lexi Alexander‘s depiction of their neighborhood as a hotbed of violence and football hooliganism in her upcoming film, "Green Street Hooligans".
"The makers of this movie are irresponsible," said Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham.
"They have taken the name of a vibrant, bustling, multicultural
street which is a magnet for people interested in fashion, jewellery
and food and labelled it a violence place which it is not.
"The very least the film-makers could have done was invent a fictional street and a fictional football club but all they are about is making a quick buck."
The film, which stars Elijah Wood as an American who gets pulled into a football "firm" led by Charlie Hunnam, is getting a limited release in the US September 9th. Sarah Hughes in the Observer sees "Green Street Hooligans" and the upcoming international megaproduction "Goal!" as the most prominent signs of a growing acceptance of soccer in the US, both as a sport and as eventual fodder for formulaic sports films. For Hughes
Alan Clarke’s hard-hitting "The Firm" apart, the best references to football in film have in the past come from incidental moments in other movies, "Kes" and "Gregory’s Girl," for example. With "Goal!" and "Green Street" that is set to change.
Philip French tosses in an intriguing list of the top 10 British sporting films at the bottom of the article.
And at the LA Times, Geoff Boucher checks in on "V for Vendetta," the newly shorn Natalie Portman-starring graphic novel adaptation that’s been pushed back to a March 2006 release from a scheduled November one due to the London bombings.
His background is a mystery but there are hints that he was a victim of a government biological experiment. He wears a mask of Guy Fawkes, the infamous ringleader of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. A provincial Catholic, Fawkes wanted to kill King James I and bring down the Protestant aristocracy of England in one big bang by detonating explosives beneath the Houses of Parliament during a state event. The fascist government of the future/rebellion plot
brought the cast and crew to the very heart of the British government â€” between Trafalger Square and Big Ben â€” the first week of June with tanks and an ominous (but fake) brigade of commandos armed to teeth .
The commotion at the steps of Parliament created a stir with the attendant press and tourists but it seemed it could only generate some pre-release publicity heat. It was the first time that the British government allowed a film crew in the historical site.
"I don’t think you will ever see a film made there again," [the graphic novel illustrator David] Lloyd said with a sigh.
+ A load of pork pies: Green Street sees red at hooligan film (Independent)
+ It’s kicking off (Observer)
+ ‘V for Vendetta’ still behind mask (LA Times)