Gabrielles Wish - Stand Together

Gabrielles Wish  Stand Together 

Single Review By Paul Ripley
A fusion of hypnotic beats, catchy melodies, surreal arrangements and a Jah Wobble feel to the bass-lines, Gabrielles Wish new single Stand together has obvious references to the Madchester Era with one eye on the future. Whether this more commercial offering from one of Manchester's foremost cult bands will open the doors to new fans I am not too sure, however if it means that the band will get more recognition for their undoubted talents then stand together Brother and Sister 
Paul Ripley The Ripman Show Fab Radio International

10 Questions with Director Ben K Dyson

Ben K Dyson
Q1  Hello Ben. You're directing A New York Story, we interviewed Robbie Conway recently and he mentioned the film. It seems to be picking up quite a buzz, can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from the film without revealing spoilers?
A  To say its a gangster film would be a bit misleading.  It is about gangsters, but its really an action packed piece of high drama.  If you've got fantastic northern actors and youre following in the great tradition of gritty, British and particularly northern drama and all that it entails; love, loss, family, belonging and retribution.  Then you're not going to make a typical gangster movie.  It's also made in my home town of Manchester, so it's got a real sense of geographical identity.  And into the middle of all that walks this gangster from New York, and that sets the story off.
Q2- The casting is very interesting. But not typical. What's the reasoning behind such a quirky cast?
A  I'm not reinventing the wheel here, but I did want to make something fresh and unexpected.  I didn't want people acting as though they were in a gangster film.  If you use different ingredients in a dish you'll get a different flavour, and that's exciting to audiences and to me as a director.  We all know exactly what to expect as soon as we see certain actors on the screen and thats often great, but real life people aren't caricatures or archetypes. 
Q3  Would you say A New York story fits neatly into the crime genre in the tradition of UK Crime Cinema, ie The Long Good Friday.
A  I studied The Long Good Friday at the London Film School, and when I approached A New York Story I was using this movie and others as initial inspiration.  So I started with that tradition firmly in mind.  The late John McKenzie was an inspirational director and there is a wealth of talent to draw from and be inspired by.
I was fortunate enough to meet and speak with some of the cream of British cinema as well as study their work.  They're all artists with a unique vision, but one thing they all do is to put their own, personal stamp on a film.  So I'd have to say yes it does fit into that tradition, but that it has a strong voice and personality of its own.
Q4- What directors inspired you to want to become a director?
A  The first film that really made me sit up and take notice was Robocop.  I got into Stanley Kubrick when I saw The Shining, and then Sergio Leone.  My dad showed me The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and as far as I'm concerned thats still one of the best films ever made.  After that there was nothing else I wanted to do with my life.  Franc Roddan was at the London Film School and he was a huge inspiration.
More recently, as I was finding my own voice as a director Ive been inspired by Paul Thomas Anderson and of course, no list of inspirational directors would be complete for me as a young Northern director without Shane Meadows.
Q5  And film wise what do you find yourself watching?
A  I recently watched Tree of Life for the second time.  The first time I actually walked out of the cinema.  Dinosaurs on a beach?  I didnt think the none-linear narrative worked at all.  But I felt I hadnt really given it a chance, so I watched it again and loved it.
I watch a real mixture of mainstream, obscure and classic films.  I revisited In A Lonely Place hoping it would stand up to the first time I saw it, and it did.  Its as good now as the day it was made.  
For A New York Story I watched Killing Them Softly for genre and Only God Forgives and Drive for style & cinematography.  
Q6  So whats your background so far Ben?
A   I studied at the London Film School and directed some shorts.  I worked in TV for a while and then I was asked to direct this feature.  I've done my time!  I'm ready for this and looking forward to putting all of the experience & mentoring into practise.
Q7  There is somewhat of a renaissance with Northern English movies right now do you think A New York Story will be typical of the kind of gritty drama based film that seems to be the tradition for films north of London?
A To be honest, I think true, gritty, Northern dramas really only exist on TV, with a memorable exception every now and again.  It's quite rare to find drama to the standard of Dead Mans Shoes as a movie.
This film has strong Northern sensibilities and its about my home town of Manchester.  It has a strong geographical and personal identity that is maybe quite rare and unusual.  
Its a dark and character-driven film, which is also typical.  So fans of that type of film will recognise & hopefully enjoy those elements.  The main difference I think is stylistic.  Visually this is a different type of movie.
Q8  What excites you the most about the movie?
A  The journey that all of the characters go on and how their lives interweave and affect each other is the most exciting part for me.  Manchester as a city is going to keep on rolling regardless, and were voyeurs during this very fragile, changeable time in the lives of these characters.
Q9  Have you got any other up-coming projects youd like to mention?
A There are some potentially exciting projects in the pipeline after I've finished A New York Story, and a few ideas I'd like to work on.  I would really like to work in the US, but at the same time there are ideas I'd like to make here.  I'm very excited about the future beyond my debut feature.
Q10 -  And finally what's your advice to young aspiring directors?
There's the usual stuff thats only a cliché because its true don't give up and keep going.  Believe in your ideas and understand that it's a team effort.  But on a personal level I'd say it's fine to be a perfectionist and it's fine to be obsessive to a certain degree, but it's important to know when to let go and to let the film unfold.  Put something of yourself into everything you do and make it personal.  But at the same time, learn to collaborate and know when to let go and let the film live.

STOP PRESS SAVE THE DATE Village Bakers Great Village Bake Off Sunday 17th August

The Annual Village Bakers 'Great Village Bakers' returns to Manchester's Canal Street on Sunday 17th August where Fanny will be working hard to drizzle that lemon and firming those buns to create a baking competition like no other. All abilities and ages are encouraged to participate no matter how skilled we love to share the Village Bakers love.

We are organising fantastic celebrity judges to appear and give their professional opinion including the wonderful and amazingly talented Howard Middleton (from 2013 BBC Great British Bake Off) who is excited to be part of the event. More fantastic judges will be confirmed slightly nearer the time.

There will be a variety of wonderful baking inspired prizes for you to win across two simple categories; sweet & savoury. In true Village Bakers tradition of sharing, all entries will be available to sample once judging has taken place.

So grab your rolling pin, prove that bread, and squeeze your buns the village bakers are looking forward to judging your entry! Enter online at the address below and come along with your tasty entry at the Molly House, Richmond Street, Manchester on 17th August 1pm

I know this is really immature...Places with rude sounding names

I came across this link earlier today and it has tickled me

Ultimate List of Funny and Rude British Place Names

We’ve done hours of research and have put together the ultimate list of funny British place names. I was laughing for hours trying to find the most amusing and rude place names in the British Isles. I hope you get as much pleasure reading the list as I got putting it together.

Be sure to check out our fun Word Cloud Map of the UK which incorporates al the words on this list into a fun geographical representation of the UK.

  • Back Passage, London

  • Mincing Lane, London

  • Mudchute, London
  • Percy Passage, London
  • Swallow Passage, London
  • Trump Street, London
  • Cumming Street, London
  • Cockfoster, London
  • Dick Turpin Lane, London
  • Cock Hill, London
  • Titley Close, London
  • Cockbush Avenue, London

Rude and Funny English Village and Place Names in England

  • Acock’s Green, Worcestershire, UK
  • Babes Well, Durham, UK
  • Bachelors Bump, Essex, UK
  • Backside Lane, Oxfordshire
  • Balls Green, Kent, England
  • Balls Cross, WestSussex
  • Bareleg Hill, Staffordshire, UK
  • Barking, Essex
  • Beaver Close, Surrey
  • Bedlam Bottom, Hampshire, UK
  • Beef Lane, Oxfordshire
  • Beer, Devon, UK
  • Beggars Bush, Sussex passed her prime
  • Bell End near Lickey End
  • Bishops Itchington, Staffs, UK
  • Bitchfield, Lincolnshire
  • Boggy Bottom, Abbots Langley, Herts, UK
  • Booty Lane, NorthYorkshire
  • Bottoms Fold, Lancashire
  • Broadbottom, Cheshire, UK
  • Brown Willy, Cornwall,UK
  • Bushygap, Northumberland, UK
  • Catholes, Cumbria
  • Catsgore, Somerset, UK
  • Charles Bottom, Devon, UK
  • Clap Hill, village in Kent, UK
  • Clay Bottom, Bristol, UK
  • Cock Alley, Calow, UK
  • Cock Bridge, Hope, Derbyshire, UK
  • Cock Green, nr Braintree
  • Cock Lane, Tutts Clump, Berkshire, UK
  • Cock Law, Northumberland, UK
  • Cock and Bell Lane, Suffolk
  • Cockermouth, Cumbria
  • Cockernhoe, nr Luton, UK
  • Cocking, Midhurst, West Sussex, UK
  • Cockintake, Staffordshire, UK
  • Cockpit Hill, Derbyshire, UK
  • Cockplay, Northumberland, UK
  • Cocks, Cornwall
  • Cockshoot Close, Oxfordshire
  • Cockshot, Northumberland, UK
  • Cockshutt Wood, Sheffield, UK
  • Cockup Lake District, Cumbria. UK
  • Coldwind, Cornwall, UK
  • Crackington Haven, Cornwall, UK
  • Crackpot, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Crapstone, Devon
  • Crotch Crescent, Oxford
  • Deans Bottom, Kent, UK
  • Devil’s Lapful, Northumberland, UK
  • Dicks Mount, Suffolk
  • Drinkstone, Suffolk, UK
  • Faggot, Northumberland, UK
  • Fanny Barks, Durham, UK
  • Fanny Avenue, Derbyshire
  • Fanny Hands Lane, Lincolnshire
  • Feltham Close, Hampshire
  • Feltwell, Norfolk
  • Fingringhoe, Essex
  • Flesh Shank, Northumberland, UK
  • Friars Entry, Oxfordshire
  • Fruitfall Cove, Cornwall, UK
  • Fudgepack upon Humber, Humberside
  • Gay Street, Sussex. UK
  • Gays Hill, Cornwall, UK
  • Giggleswick, Staincliffe, Nth. Yorkshire, UK
  • Golden Balls, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Gravelly Bottom Road, nr Langley Heath, Kent, UK
  • Great Cockup & Little Cockup, hills in The Lake District, UK
  • Great Horwood, Bucks, UK
  • Great Tosson, Northumberland
  • Grope Lane, Shropshire
  • Hampton Gay, Oxfordshire, UK

Can anyone confirm if these place names are real?


Shameless star Robbie Conway talks to Cool Manchester

Hi Robbie. Can you tell us how you came to be a regular favourite on Shameless?

I was interested in drama at school and sometimes there would be auditions for different things. It was usually for girls though or I didn’t fit the character. So when they had an audition for a lad that fitted me I just went for it. I wasn’t nervous because I didn’t think I’d ever get it.

The show is loved across the world and America made their version, did you ever see that?

I’ve never seen it. To be honest, part of me wants to see it just to see what it’s like. But another part of me doesn’t because it’s such a Manchester thing! I’m sure it’s great & I’ve heard good things about it, but I don’t think anything could ever beat the original.

Who are your favourite actors?

Tom Hardy is a favourite. He’s a fantastic actor, but also the films he does are exactly the kind of films I would love to be in! I think he played Charles Bronson really well. I’m interested in the real Charles Bronson & I loved the film.

What films do you enjoy watching in your spare time?

I like horrors and comedies, both mainstream and indie films. I watched The Conjuring recently and that bit near the end where the woman gets possessed really freaked me out.

When you played the Aidan character on Shameless did the characterisation happen naturally for you?

It wasn’t a difficult character, because I was just being myself. I think that’s partly why the show worked so well – it was real Manchester! I didn’t go to stage school & I just played it totally natural and that seemed to work & people liked the character.

David Threlfall is such an amazing actor, did you enjoy working with him and what did you learn from seeing him in action?

Yeah he is. He had to put me straight a couple of times when I forgot my lines. He taught me not to over-act and to let the character do the talking, not the actor.

What have you got lined up TV/Film wise?

I’m doing a movie called ‘A New York Story’. George Newton (Banjo from This Is England) plays my Dad! My character is a gobby young gangster & it’s dead gritty, hard-hitting stuff. I’m really looking forward to it.

We have to ask, are there any more Shameless episodes in the pipeline?

I don’t think so, but I would really love it if there was. I think there should be a movie!

What are you most fond memories from your time on shameless?

There are so many memories, but I’d have to say the wrap parties were pretty insane. I’d probably better stop there! So many great people as well. I haven’t got space to mention everybody, but a couple of people that really stood out are Aaron McCusker who played Jamie Maguire, because I was really young when I was on the show and he looked after me and spoke to me like an adult and I looked up to him a lot. Karen Bryson who played Avril Powell was lovely as well, just like an auntie.

And finally…what’s your advice to any other young actors starting out in the industry?

Don’t give up. It’s a waiting game. You have to remember that it’s always going to be a roller coaster. One minute you’re on top of the world and then it’s over and you have to start again & keep a good attitude about it and keep going. I think that’s good advice for any actor really, not just the young ones.


Thanks to Robbie Conway for his time.

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