Archive of films Charlie / Charlie

United Kingdom
2003, 94 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2004

Tough, violent drama based on the true story of a ´60s London hoodlum, starring former boyband Bros star Luke Goss.


The catalogue of nasty British films about nasty British gangsters gains a powerful, very unsettling entry with Charlie, an offbeat biopic about ´60s London hoodlum Charlie Richardson and his notorious "terror gang." Pic is led by a magnetic performance from former boyband Bros star Luke Goss, and has an outlook that teeters perilously between damning and excusing Richardson´s past. This gritty, violent second feature by writer-director Malcolm Needs is set during the same period as the 1990 movie, The Krays, when working-class gangs evolved during the economic stringency of post-WWII Britain. Pic follows Charlie (Goss) and his brother Eddy (Langley Kirkwood) as they carve out a south London empire based on extortion and dodgy business deals.
Derek Elley


Equator Films
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United Kingdom
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British Council
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Director: Malcolm Needs
Screenplay: Malcolm Needs
Dir. of Photography: Zoran Veljkovic
Music: Stephen W. Parsons
Editor: Jeremy Gibbs, Toby Yates
Producer: Tim Ireland, Malcolm Needs
Production: Mida Films
Cast: Luke Goss, Steven Berkoff, Langley Kirkwood
Contact: Equator Films, British Council


Malcolm Needs

Paul Howson

Film Institution Rep.


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