Fighters / Real Money (2 disc set)  [DVD]
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Two films by British director Ron Peck. 'Fighters' (1991) is a gritty documentary following the real life struggles of a group of East End boxers as they attempt to take the first few steps on the route to fame on the professional circuit. It also looks at the comeback trail of former British Commonwealth Champion Mark Kaylor, and the mass appeal of boxing, constantly cutting between interviews, documentary footage and dramatised fight sequences. 'Real Money' (1996) is a gangster drama set in the world of boxing, with all the characters played by real East End fighters, ex-trainers, family and friends - all of whom improvise. Boxing trainer Roy Kane (Jimmy Tibbs) is determined to stop his young fighters being lured into a life of easy money funded by drugs and pornography. When his son finds himself in trouble, Roy decides to stir up old loyalties and sort out the local crime boss once and for all.
More Raging Bull than Rocky ..packs a real punch. --Time Out on Fighters
Remarkable ...the finest film I've seen on professional boxing --Sunday Times on Fighters
Unforgettable performances ...utterly convincing ...an exceptional film --Boxing News on Real Money
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REAL MONEY is a fiction crime drama starring and made by the same boxers from FIGHTERS. For a low-budget feature with non-professional actors it's amazingly good. Think MEAN STREETS in Bethnal Green! Performances are spot-on - especially pro-trainer Jimmy Tibbs playing a boxing trainer with fierce values and even fiercer temper and Jimmy Flint, genuinely menacing as local gangster Frank Chalmers. The young supports - Mark Tibbs, Steve Roberts and Mark Kaylor among them - are also naturals.
First screened on Channel 4 in the mid-1990's, these films had pretty much disappeared from circulation for over a decade. This was a great shame as not only is director Ron Peck is one of British cinema's great unsung talents - his previous cult classic NIGHTHAWKS provides a similar insight into an 'alien' London underworld - these films are two of the best British features you never saw! The release of this stunning 2-disc DVD now is your chance to discover them.
This is a documentary that mainly focusses on the mind-state of a fighter, and the social situations that make someone want to become a professional boxer.
It is very well filmed and edited, with a lot of insight.
The style is mainly that of "Talking Heads", though there is some voice over from the director.
There are some great still shots and some good use of atmospheric music.
The fighters featured are well known in the UK, such as Mark Kaylor, Mark Tibbs and there are some poignant interviews with the late Bradley Stone.
It would be of interest to all Boxing fans.
Real Money -
This is a gangster film acted in by the Boxers featured in the "Fighters" documentary.
It is very rough and ready, though worth sticking with as it benefits from earnest performances from the boxers.
The main actor is Boxing trainer Jimmy Tibbs who gives an exceptional performance that any full time actor would be proud of.
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Fighetrs is the best boxing documentary I have ever seen . Boxed myself, coached and now raise money for local club.Published on 14 Jun. 2013 by Edward Mcdougall