Nick Love did a half-decent job directing the film adaptation of John King’s novel ‘The Football Factory’, but then Danny Dyer did a half-decent job of torpedoing the movie’s credibility.
Now Love is making is own version of Alan Clarke’s classic 1988 BBC movie, which starred Gary Oldman as ‘top boy’ Clive ‘Bex’ Bissel. Clarke’s work was a fine character study, with some brilliantly scary acting by Oldman (watch him in action here), whereas Love is a more superficial director, and seems more concerned with making sure that the cast is wearing the right type of FILA jacket and Adidas trainers.
‘The Firm’ is due to be released next spring. I hope it lives up to the promise of the vivid trailer. I have no time for football thugs, but English football in the Eighties is a period that deserves to be documented (but not glorified).
Teaser trailer below: