British actor and producer Simon Phillips makes his directorial debut with crime-thriller RIOT, now looking at a title change to GBH – the reason being the release coming so close to the anniversary of last year’s London riots. Those behind-the-scenes are reluctant to appear insensitive or to be perhaps cashing in on the controversial events. Producer Jonathan Sothcott told THN:

Simon (Phillips) had the idea for the story after witnessing last year’s riots in West London and ‘Riot’ seemed like a logical ‘does what it says on the tin’ title but as film-makers, even film-makers who make exploitation pictures, we feel that we have a responsibility not to give a film a title that could easily be construed as ‘cashing in’ on those awful few days last year. GBH, as it is now known, is a serious and thoughtful picture, not a hoodie exploitation movie and we think this new title reflects the hard-hitting story of a hooligan-turned-policeman conflicted between his old life and his duty during the London riots. Thankfully our UK distributor Revolver Entertainment have been very supportive of our decision and are planning a powerful campaign for a powerful film.

We also have this exclusive set of stills from the film, expected to hit cinemas 1st October, with a cast that includes the rising talents of Nick Nevern, Kellie Shirley and Charlie Bond, alongside seasoned pros Con O’Neill and Steven Berkoff.

Source: Chata Pictures

Craig was our great north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.