The Business delivers Closing Night Kick
Take Malaga in the 1980's. Throw in a few low-life Brits. Add some sex, drugs, and sun, and you have The Business, this year's Closing Night film. Packing a gaudy "red, black and chrome" pu...
Take Malaga in the 1980's. Throw in a few low-life Brits. Add some sex, drugs, and sun, and you have The Business, this year's Closing Night film.
Packing a gaudy "red, black and chrome" punch, Nick Love's confident follow-up to his critically acclaimed Football Factory (2004) leads us into the seedy underworld of Costa del Sol.
"The Business has a real energy about it, and it gives a kick at the end of the Festival," says EIFF Artistic Director Shane Danielsen.
As a British gangster film it is "a good example of [a genre] that is often done badly. It's nice to see something that is smart as well as stylish," adds Danielsen.
Frankie (Football Factory's Danny Dyer) is a nice South London lad who falls for Malaga's cheap charms after delivering a suitcase full of cash. Taken in by petty crook Charlie (Tamer Hassan), Frankie's soon in the money, but all threatens to turn nasty when our boy falls for the wrong girl. Carly (Georgina Chapman) is a scantily clad vision, who unfortunately, also happens to be the girlfriend of Sonny, Charlie's psychotic partner. Of course, since it's the hedonistic (and thoroughly bling) 1980's, there is also an awful lot of the white stuff going around. And we're not talking about snow in the south of Spain...
Fabulous, rude and very, very funny, The Business is an affectionate look back at the days when Lycra and aviators reigned supreme.
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Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.