Purely Belter [VHS]
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Football fans Sewell (Greg McLane) and Gerry (Chris Beattie) dream of getting season tickets for Newcastle United, but with the former unemployed and the latter playing truant from school they are unlikely to be able to stump up the £1000 required. The friends try forswearing drink and drugs in an attempt to save the cash, only to have their funds stolen by Gerry's violent father (Tim Healy). The pair's attempts to raise the money then become increasingly desperate, but a solution is on hand from the most unexpected of sources.
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 Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Starring Chris Beatie, also known for his role in the hit teen series Byker Grove and Greg McLane, it charts the progress of two football obsessed fans and their ultimate aim to get season tickets for Newcastle United.
Given the initial limited subject matter, the director, Mark Herman, cleverly intertwines the football theme with the teenagers dysfunctional families to cover a wide range of problems which many of us can relate too. From burglary, drugs, shoplifting to begging, the boys try to raise money for those ever elusive 'Toon Army' tickets. Mark Herman treats each subject with a gentle sensitivity which makes you aware of the characters pain but never dwells too long on the down side of the situation, chosing rather to temper such moments with humour which is both touching and hilarious. I thoroughly recommend this film to teenagers and even adults, who will appreciate and remember their teen years with the affection with which this film is made.
It came up in conversation and i thought i'd try and get a copy of it before i travel down to see him next week.
It arrived promptly and i watched it a couple of days later.
Excellent stuff !!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's very well named as it's a brilliant film and a great laughPublished 1 month ago by mr h reynolds
Don't know just about purely belter should have been replaced with brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable film with lots of comic twists and turns would recommend this to be watchedPublished 2 months ago by Mr. Dw Berrington
Was a great film..... enjoyable all the way through. I don't follow Newcastle but could relate to the passion the lads had for the team.Published 4 months ago by Andy C
A cult classic if you like football and kitchen sink drama with earthy humour.Published 6 months ago by J. Kennedy