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 The Guvnors is both love letter and hate mail to the alpha male. This story’s alpha is Mitch (Doug Allen) who lives buried in suburban London, having turned his back on his previous life of casual violence and intimidation as part of a legendary South East London firm. In the modern day he’s the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, until a young upstart (Harley Sylvester one half of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks) attempts to drag him back in. As events escalate around them, secrets are revealed, blood is spilt and lives are shattered. Gabe Turner’s violent thriller explores the sinister, inescapable legacy of a life of crime.

Starring: Harley Sylvestor, David Exxex, Doug Allen, Jay Simpson, Vaz Blackwood, Richard Blackwood, Charley Palmer Merkell, Jumayn Huner, Martin Hancock, Melanie Gutteridge, Tony Denham & Paul Reynolds.

 Produced by: Cass Pennant, Leo Pearlman & Danny Potts.

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Film Review: The Guvnors

Written by Leslie Byron Pitt




Films such as The Guvnors aggravate me. Not because they’re badly made, since The Guvnors is competent in terms of its craft. My issue with it is simply one of tiredness. The film has a unique slant on the grit Brit drama, which we thought we would have seen earlier than 2014. It also boasts a solid multi-cultural cast, featuring an unnerving performance from newcomer Harley Sylvester of Rizzle Kicks fame. The film holds nuggets of interest throughout.

That said, we are once again thrown back into the East End, with cockney hooligan’s and TheGuvnors_badboyscocksure hoodied thugs, cutting each other up. Violent old head, Mitch (a subtly fierce Doug Allen) finds himself dragged from his decent suburban life back to his old haunts, when a new batch of hooded gang members led by Adam (Sylvester) call him out to prove their dominance.

The Guvnors shows us just how influential Football Factory (2004) and Kidulthood (2006) have been to the British film industry in the past decade. The film, however only ever glances at the angles that set it apart. This may be enough to sway some of the well fed fans of the sub-genres.

Those looking outside the (early) work of Nick Love and Noel Clarke may only find frustration.

When the film touches on how the internet has altered how we look at violence, it drops the ball. It observes the idea of the changing shapes of gangs, but does little with the material. The only thing it really keeps up with is the Greek tragedy and sins of the father, which have been wrapped around a modern day Outlaw-like casing. Despite this, the convoluted screenplay does little to effectively lift the levels of the characters to any real complexity.

What we do get is a choppily edited allegory of two cultures of wanna-be soldiers who have no war to go to. Angry men who only have a conflict within themselves and each other.

My argument to this is: Do we need this? The old hooligans who gained their respect from boxing clubs and the ideal of the rejecting of hooligan violence is far more admirable in the likes of Shane Meadows features than here. The Guvnors has shades of the rabble rousing Harry Brown (2009) about it but none of the themes are as provocative as found in the likes of NEDS (2011) or even the little-seen Irish film Savage (2009).

It’s clear that particular aspects of football culture are part of director Gabe Turner’s interest.  The well received The Class of 92 (2013) was his feature before this. Unlike that documentary however, I don’t really draw much hope on The Guvnors reaching the heights of interest from outside its niche audience. The Guvnors shows Turner can draw solid performances from fresh talent and craft a decent looking  film. Now it’s definitely time to freshen things up.

Leslie Byron Pitt


The Guvnors in UK cinemas