GIVING IT, TAKING IT, LIVING IT, MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT YOU'VE GOT.. TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
That's the philosophy Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins) teaches the bored Nottingham youth he sees wasting their lives on rundown council estates when he forms a local boxing club. As the club gets noticed with coverage in the papers and an important match against a rival outfit, Darcy gives the troubled teens something worth fighting for and a dream to believe in for the first time ever.
Acclaimed as "The Best British Film of the Year", with Shane Meadows hailed as the most exciting young director of his generation, Twenty Four Seven is a life-affirming experience full of genuine humour, courage and hope in the human spirit.
When Shane was a young lad hanging around
with his lifelong, and best friend, Paul Fraser (co-writer), there
was a man in the town who set up a football club for the town's
various ruffians. Initially all the lads joined for the free fish
and chips, but as the first few drastic losses came in, and the
press began to dub them the worst football team in history, they
began to feel a part of something really special!
This was all due to the faith of their coach, the man that set
up the club. No matter what hapened in and around the football
club, their coach never stopped believing in them, even when there
were only prison teams left to play against in the club's latter
stages. The spirit and belief of their coach inspired Shane and
Paul to write Twentyfour Seven.
Shane Meadow's appears in the film as 'Man
with saucepan on head'.
Co-writer, Paul Fraser appears as the clumsy photographer that
trips over in the ring.
A small number of publicity stills for the
film were produced in colour (despite the film being in black
& white). You can take a look at some of these clicking HERE.
Interview in which Shane talks about how he became a film-maker, and how he found shooting his first feature.
Danny Nussbaum: Alan Darcy
Bob Hoskins : Tim's Dad
Bruce Jones: Tim's Mother (Pat)
Annette Badland: Gadget
Justin Brady: Knighty
James Hooton: Daz
Darren O. Campbell: Young Darcy
Krisham Beresford: Stuart
Karl Collins: Youngy
Anthony Clarke: Benny
Johann Myers: Meggy
Jimmy Hynd: Fagash
Mat Hand: Ronnie Marsh
Frank Harper: Tonka
James Corden: Gadget's Dad
Tony Nyland: Knighty's Dad