BOX SET takes place 2/3 November 2019 at Genesis Cinema, London.
No sport has created more impact on the big screen than boxing, from Raging Bull to Rocky; these films are iconic pieces of cinema that everyone should see. The depiction of the ‘sweet science’ transcends the sport, to articulate stories of poverty, adversity and struggle – all set within the microcosm of the square circle.
BOX SET - the boxing film festival - will be a two day celebration of the art of the boxing film, with some of the sport’s biggest stars joining actors, directors and filmmakers on the Q&A panels.
Ray Winstone may be in the headlines for landing a role in upcoming Marvel Universe movie, Black Widow, but it’s unlikely the Hackney born actor is going to go all ‘Hollywood’ on us. He’s making time in his busy schedule to support Box Set, taking place a stone’s throw from his birthplace in London’s East End.
Winstone, who trained at the famous Repton boxing club as a youth and won 80 out of 88 ABA fights said: “I've been connected with boxing since the day I was born. That's just the way it is and I'm very proud and thankful of that.” It is this very real and authentic passion for the sport that shines through in his performance in the 2017 Britflick, JAWBONE.
Whilst not autobiographical, the film contains strong parallels with Johnny’s life, and was made in dedication to his former trainer...
The BAFTA nominated and critically acclaimed film is Box Set’s ‘A’ side movie. Like Rocky (written by Sly) it was penned by its star, Johnny Harris, who portrays the protagonist, Jimmy. He said: “I'm honoured that Jawbone will be headlining the Box Set Film Festival."
Whilst not autobiographical, the film contains strong parallels with Johnny’s life, and was made in dedication to his former trainer; the late Mick Carney. Harris trained at Fitzroy Lodge from 9-years-old, going onto win the national ABA title at flyweight at 16. He said: “I tried to present almost a thank-you note, almost a love letter to that period of my life.”
JAWBONE screens on Saturday 2nd November at 17.30, and is followed by a Q&A hosted by Steve ‘big daddy’ Bunce with stars Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris, Michael Smiley and Producer Mike Elliott. Tickets are priced from just £15.
Other films on the BOX SET line-up include:
Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Raging Bull, is also showing and frankly anyone who calls themselves a film fan should see Robert De Niro’s extraordinary performance as Jake Lamotta battling inner turmoil at the cinema at least once.
Other films on the undercard include: Million Dollar Baby, Fat City, Cinderella Man, The Fighter, Creed, Southpaw, and Box Set is fully endorsed by the WBC and the British Board of Boxing Control.
There are some stellar documentaries being shown including the only theatrical Screening of I am Duran, Manny, Cradle of Champions and Fighters.
CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS is screening 2nd November 2019, at London's genesis Cinema.
Winner of numerous awards internationally, including both Best Documentary Feature and Film of the Festival at the 2019 Manchester International Film Festival, CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS is the story of three young people fighting for their lives in the 2015 New York Golden Gloves—the oldest and largest amateur tournament in the world. http://agmp.co.uk/box-set
FIGHTERS will screen 2nd November 2019 at Genesis Cinema
FIGHTERS follows a group of young East End boxers as they try to make it to the top in the hardest game of all. Starring Mark Kaylor, Dean Hollington, Mark Tibbs, Jason Rowland, Roy Rowland, Bradley Stone, Jim Peters, Joey Peters, Terry Dixon, Jimmy Flint and Jimmy Tibbs. http://agmp.co.uk/box-set