I’ve been meaning to post about this one for a while, only it’s been a bit tricky, as the 17 minute short film by Matthew Holness was, for a long time, not available to watch on Youtube. But now it is. The film is called A Gun for George. But what is it exactly? Well, it’s kind of like this…
In nineteen-seventies Britain, you probably lived on one of two types of street.
One street would have been like a Carry On film, where old blokes smoking pipes leaned on walls and leched over mini-skirted women wearing those funny tops that kind of made their tits go all squashy and sideways. The local Mayor would be visiting, and in a series of complicated events he would accidentally get his trousers ripped off, revealing boxer shorts with love hearts on them, to the accompaniment of a swannee whistle.
The second type of street would have been more like Get Carter or Death Wish, the roads awash with the blood of degenerate scum, victims of a rage filled vigilante dispensing lone wolf justice to avenge the death of his brother, sister, parents, or pet dog. This street is bleak and unforgiving, shrouded in perpetual gloom cast by the towering block of flats nearby. Sirens wail in the distance… a panda car on route to the scene of another senseless killing by savage punks.
A Gun for George belongs in the second of the two worlds, and is written by, directed by, and starring Matthew Holness. It’s actually a taster for a full length feature film called The Reprisalizer. Check it out below. It’s well worth a watch. A tale of urban justice, where the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred for pulp novelist, Terry Finch. The film’s tongue is planted firmly in its cheek, yet it’s also strangely moving.
So when is the actual full length film out? Buggered if I know. It seems to have been quite a while in the making now, with scant news of its progress. In an odd way, I quite like that. Thanks to the internet, movies do tend to suffer from information overload in their run up to release. The lack of news feels old school, a bit like The Reprisalizer himself.
But if you’re hankering for more, check out the official website. It contains bits of background flavour, including book excerpts and stuff like the rather funny picture below…