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The End - Confessions Of A Cockney Gangster [DVD] 
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Winner of the Best Feature award at the East End Film Festival, this no-holds-barred documentary was produced and directed by the twin daughters of a real-life Cockney gangster. The film explores the violent underworld that grew out of the poverty of London's war-torn East End. Various ex-gangsters catalogue some of the horrific crimes in which they were involved, reflect on their early lives, and talk about the changes that have taken place in the area in which they grew up.
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I mentioned it to the boys when I got into work a few minutes later because - (a) apart from the fruit market at the bottom of our Berwick Street, you just don't hear that 'exclusive' London accent anymore... and (b) there is no one more politically incorrect and therefore as funny as a Cockney.
"The End - Confessions Of A Cockney Gangster" is about the East End of London and the criminals that arose out of it. If you are born within earshot of the bells of the London Church of St. Mary-Le-Bow in Cheapside - you're a proper Cockney from the East End of London (nicknamed "The End"). The style of the film is a daughter interviewing her criminal Dad and associates - trying to understand why they did what they did - and still do. It's done in a documentary style and consists of interviews with 11 people - some are reformed Christians, some unrepentant who still spend their lives avoiding the law and its consequences.
Written, filmed and directed by NICOLA COLLINS, the danger in this film is that the cheeky-wide-boy antics of these thugs becomes mere entertainment and the very real destruction they reaped on people's lives and their communities gets lost in a wave of sappy nostalgia that isn't deserved.Read more ›
That said, the documentary is not utter rubbish. The black and white filming is competent and assured. The film-makers clearly know what they are doing. The black and white film both adds to the style and allure (if you are inclined to find the subjects of the film alluring) but is also clearly intended to show that these men are from an era that has passed. That 'their' East End no longer exists and thus they are just fading away not to be replaced.
There's a lot of affection for the men from the film-makers. The men, all of whom are criminals, some killers, some armed robbers, and so on are in effect presented as 'loveable rogues' who wouldn't hurt women or children and would only fight with 'men' who were up for it. These are men who supposedly lived by the old East End code. It's a load of nonsense though, and quite disturbing if you think it through from the little slips of reality that come through from the men involved. Rascals don't attack people with choppers and knives. Rascals don't treat Policemen as being something less than human.
The perverted morality of the men goes a lot further. Most of them claim to despise bullies, yet fail to understand that their idea of respect and fear makes them bullies in their own right.Read more ›
I knew it was going to be bad from the start. The directors Dad is describing growing up in London during the war talking over old film of (I think)Stalingrad, Dresden and trench warfare. The rest is a few cliches by an assortment of characters followed by a moody shot. For example on prisons " You don't know what it's like to have 30 screws charge into your cell" followed by a shot of barbed wire. zoom in.
There are a couple of blokes who are interesting like Jimmy Tibbs ( a boxing trainer) who seemed to have an interesting story but the rest are embarrassing. When they start telling funny stories it get's worse they laugh uproariously at their own poor jokes.
The star of the show is a guy called Vic Darke, he seems to have a flapjack on his head, check him out on Youtube with Danny Dyer. His crime of the century was robbing a nlghtclub with his mate. It seems they were a couple of clowns and it would have been laughable if they hadn't shot and seriously injured the owner. Somehow Darkes mate got shot even though him and Darke were the only ones with guns. They were chased by the Police and Darke escaped and hid in a field but after a day or so he gave himself up because it was freezing.
His whinging and moaning about how harsh prison is and how the Police never leave him alone is fantastic especially when he admits he is a criminal and pretends that he is some kind of contract killer.
If there is sequel I'll probably buy it.
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As good if not better than I expected.....very well made...Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good insight into the world of the east end villain. Could easily make a part 2 or expand on what was presented. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon Gallagher