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More cheap cameo roles but also interesting work.

 

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains - title
Righteous Villains directed by Savvas D Michael in 2020.

"Before the apocalypse there will be a war".


Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains -  note

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains


Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

Steven Berkoff - Righteous Villains

All images from the film.

 





Steven Berkoff - Alice Through the Looking

Alice Through the Looking, directed by Adam Donen, another first time director.

Steven Berkoff - Alice Through the Looking

"Alice stumbles into a bizarre "post brexit" version of London in this provocative satire, inspired by Lewis Carroll's novels".

Steven Berkoff - Alice Through the Looking

Images from the trailer of the film and the film website here.




Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeaance  title

Exorcist Vengeance from 2021 directed and produced by Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca J Matthews.  Filmed on location in London and Surrey.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - demon

A cheap The Exorcist clone, with a particularly poor possession.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - victim

The victims pile up.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - crucifix

The classic Peter Cushing pose.

 

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - churchyard

Robert Bronzi- Exorcist VengeanceCharles Bronson 

Robert Bronzi stars as the priest Father Josef.  Bronzi speaks with a heavy accent but it lacks the clipped mysticism of say Bela Lugosi in Dracula ("children of the night").  He is also a Charles Bronson look-alike (Bronson right from a stock image) and the hair and moustache indicate it is something he cultivates.  Father Josef uses a gun (is this useful against a demon?) and starts fist fights.  He also does not say grace before meals- missed minor details in the script like this remove personality from the film.

Robert Bronzi  Charles Bronson

He is also a surrogate Bronson in other films, look how he holds the gun (left from  Robert Bronzi website click here, right Charles Bronson stock image).

Father Josef has a back story- here the grave of his wife- which could have been used more, instead it is glossed over.

"For a possession film to be successful, it must have an original viewpoint, lest it be a poorly made carbon copy of William Friedkinís The Exorcist (1973). Whilst Exorcist Vengeance certainly seems to be an ode to Friedkinís horror masterpiece, it unfortunately falls a little bit short when it comes to the actual demonic exorcist factor. Lacking any sort of demonic lore or factual rites of exorcism knowledge, it feels a little bit two dimensional" (Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana, Ghouls Magazine online, 13 Feb 2022, click here)


 Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - priest

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - Bishop Canelo

Berkoff plays a Vatican representative Bishop Canelo who may or may not have ulterior motives.  His brief appearances (presumably a days work) are good.

The screenplay is by Matthew B.C. (sic) and Jeff Miller with some mechanical writing- "How long do you intend on staying" / "As long as it takes".  As well as using a gun and initiating fights, Father Josef doesn't bother saying grace at meals.  Missed details like these could have helped build up the character.

Cinematography is by Callum Mills (his first feature film) and editing by Tom Bache and Gabriel Hunt.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - number plate

Presumably they forgot fake number plates so had to remove the number post filming.

Steven Berkoff - Exorcist Vengeance - credit

All images from the film unless otherwise stated.

 

 

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - title

Prizefighter- The Life of Jem Belcher from 2022.

"James 'Jem' Belcher (1781-1811) was born in Bristol and went into the butchers trade before finding his true flair as a boxer. Despite his lack of training, he was a natural fighter and at the age of just 19 had defeated champion boxers to mark himself as one of the most admired prizefighters of the time. Famed for his speed ('You heard his blows, you did not see them'), he was unbeaten until he lost an eye playing at rackets in 1803. He was renowned for his handsome looks, impeccable manners and eccentric boxing style which involved telling jokes to his opponents at the bloodiest moments of combat" (National Portrait Gallery, no date, click here).

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - Matt Hookings

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - bandaged hands

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - at table  Van Gogh - The Potato Eaters

Left from The Prizefighter, right The Potato Eaters by Van Gogh

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher

"Much is made of Jemís good looks, so the fact that Hookings looks more like Zac Efron than Stallone is duly accounted for. In fact, the director Daniel Graham goes to great pains to make his movie look as pretty as the period will allow, with no shaft of sunlight overlooked. There is a plethora of filters, plunging the palette from ochre to sepia with a doggedness that would have made Rembrandt proud" (James Cameron-Wilson, Film Review, nd, click here).

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - training

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - in shadows

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - in shadows

"... everything about Grahamís film is stated in capital letters, so that the acting looks like acting and the dialogue sounds like dialogue. Pity poor Steven Berkoff who has to deliver a line like, 'embrace the sovereignty of your own mind!'(James Cameron-Wilson, Film Review, nd, click here).

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - Matt Hookings

Prizefighter passes through Belcher's life from childhood though of course boxing dominates the film.  However  though many scenes, such as training, have already been covered in the same way Rocky, in fact the film could be an artistic nineteenth century Rocky.

"But despite the filmís historical interest, it plays like a Carry On film without the gags, and the way it is shot makes it look like a coffee commercial. Russell Crowe rumbles and grumbles and grins his way through the small role of Jemís mighty grandfather Jack Slack, whose bareknuckle exploits inspire the saucer-eyed lad, and Jodhi May has the deeply thankless role of Jemís sorrowing mum, disapproving of her sonís boxing destiny with a face like a wet Wednesday" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20 Jul 2022, click here).

From a boxing perspective "For the most part, ĎPrizefighterí has been well worth the long wait. The film has many virtues. It is well paced and covers the major beats of Belcherís career with heart and a fair amount of style. The fight sequences are professionally executed and manage to convey the violent reality of boxing, while neither glamourising nor condemning the sport... The filmís biggest virtue Ė however Ė is its stellar and accomplished cast. Crowe perfectly captures the dangerous charisma, but also the drunken excesses, of Belcherís grandfather Jack Slack, himself a former champion of England, while Winstone excels as Bill Warr, Belcherís trainer, lending the role grizzled and earthy charm." (Luke G Williams, Boxing  Social, 24 July 2022, click here).

Steven Berkoff - Prizefighter - The Life of Jem Belcher - credit

All images from the film unless otherwise stated.

                     


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