Purely Belter [DVD] 
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Purely Belter is a humorous but poignant drama from Film Four starring Chris Beattie and Greg McLane as two Newcastle teenagers who embark on a series of money-raising schemes in a desperate attempt to raise the necessary funds to buy Newcastle United season tickets. The whole story positively crunches with Northern grit and the ghost of Ken Loach clomps away in the background throughout the film, but acclaimed writer/director Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Little Voice) sets a fine balance between character and situation which is strong enough to carry the story despite its reliance on stereotypes. The humour ranges from the superbly under-stated (the fire-eating scene is a classic) to the rather nasty (the occasion which sees the two main protagonists demanding money from a woman for "looking after" her car is about as funny as a rape scene), but it all ends in a more upbeat fashion than Jonathan Tulloch's novel The Season Ticket on which the film is based. --Roger ThomasSee all Product Description
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Set in Newcastle, the two actors brilliantly portray two down and outs who's only wish in life is to earn enough cash to buy a season ticket to watch Newcastle United play. They duck and dive, like many a local lad I'm sure, and they experience the ups and downs of life struggling in the city. Many good actors are in this film, which humourously shows off the not-so-high life common in Newcastle and many other cities. There are many important issues dealt with in the film, making this more than a comedy about two louts.
Very funny and very touching in places, this is definately a film in the 'Full Monty' mould that captures the heart of the city very well. St. James's Park, Whitley Ice Rink, the Angel of the North are all used to show off the good points of the city.
Well worth watching, a nice addition to any DVD collection, I'm surprised it did not fair better at the cinema!
In a plot that is rather typical for a northern movie, two Newcastle born and bred working-class kids Gerry (still at school) and Sewell (unemployed) are having fun and getting into moneymaking scams (which eventually spiral out of control) whilst trying to save up some money for two season tickets to see their beloved football club. The tickets cost £1000 but these guys will stop at nothing to purchase them. The ways in which they try to collect the money often very nearly land them in hot water: from selling junk to housebreaking, these guys are nothing if not resourceful.
'Purely Belter' is a cracking comedy from start to finish. Like many British films, there are also some tender moments mixed in with the black comedy. It also stars a cast of well known British actors such as Tim Healy (very convincing as the film's 'bad guy'), Roy Hudd and Charlie Hardwick (who is particularly good). It also has something that not many British movies can claim - a guest appearance from Alan Shearer.
If you have yet to see 'Purely Belter' - I can unhesitatingly recommended that you do so.
We follow Gerry and Sewell and laugh at their various scams as they scrimp, scrape, duck and dive whilst all around them is heartache and a sense of life going nowhere.
Gerry has a teacher from hell, a father from the same destination and a mum with a heart of gold. Sewell has a senile old dad and a girlfriend who wants more from her boyfriend than sniffing glue and selling selling someone else's Celine Dion CD's!
Purely Belter is a pacy little film that doesn't pull any punches. The two leads give winning performances and the adults all lend able support. For the first 45 minutes, the film looks like it's going to be something special. But unfortunately its 'pat' conclusions undo alot of the grittiness that has gone before. More so than Billy Elliot.
This is not a bad film by any means. Just don't go expecting something as winning as East Is East. That film followed through. Purely Belter promises so much but bottles it right at the end.
it's a good film as a stand alone and southeners could watch it, but you'd have to be northern to really appreciate it in detail, it's set on location around newcastle and gateshead (watch out for the cheeky clip of Metroland!) an underdog story about 2 poor but resourceful boys wanting a better life in the harsh reality of the working class city. So many things relfect Newcastle in a bed light, and this film shows it as a poor city of lawbreakers, but in a lighthearted way. :)
This was a lifesaver when i was away from home, there's a couple of well-known Geordie actors and some ex Byker Grove faces. the acting doesn't try to be the best ever, but it's honest and down-to-earth. I can't reccomend this dvd enough!!! :)
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Love this film awful acting but it's a childhood memory for me.Published 10 days ago by Hayley Brown