Assassin 2014 - Top Dog 2014 - The Ladykillers 1955 - Trance 2001 - 22.214.171.124 2010 - The Deadly Game aka All Things to All Men 2013 - Taken: Hunting the Sex Traffickers TV - Michael X: Hustler, Revolutionary, Outlaw TV - The Real Peaky Blinders TV - Trainspotting 1996 -
Murder’s serious. You can’t go around throwing accusations like that. Assassin 2014 starring Martin Kemp & Gary Kemp & Danny Dyer & Holly Weston & Anouska Mond & Robert Cavanagh & Eddie Webber & Deborah Moore & Natalia Ryumina & Amy Clare Beales & Paul Terry et al, director J K Amalou, him to her
With fear on your side you can get people to do anything. Top Dog 2014 starring Leo Gregory & Ricci Harnett & George Russo & Dannielle Brent & Lorraine Stanley & Johnny Palmiero & Susan Penhaligon & Vincent Regan et al, directors Martin Kemp & Dougie Brimson, opening comments
In this jungle those who decide to try and seize power had better watch themselves. ibid.
This is all a bit Lock-Stock, innit. ibid. gangsta to gangsta
Mrs Wilberforce, I understand you have rooms to let. The Ladykillers 1955 starring Alec Guinness & Peter Sellers & Cecil Parker & Herbert Lom & Danny Green & Jack Warner & Frankie Howerd & Katie Johnson et al, director Alexander Mackendrick, Professor Marcus
Mrs Wilberforce: I’ve had four.
Professor Marcus: Husbands?
Mrs Wilberforce: No, parrots. ibid.
Sweet little old lady like her. Just doesn’t seem right for her to be working with us on a stick-up caper. ibid. big bloke
Shall I be mother? ibid. Mrs Wilberforce
What can possibly go wrong now? ibid. Guinness
How about suicide? ibid. Peter Sellers
This was the best. Except for the human element. ibid. Guinness
It’s beautiful isn’t it? The logic of trance. Trance 2001 starring Neil Pearson & Susannah Harker & John Light & Phil Davis & Sam Callis & Christopher Cazenove et al, director Joe Ahearne, Shrink to Pearson
Stop messing with my head! ibid. subject to shrink
Come down with the stones right now. 126.96.36.199. 2010 starring Emma Roberts & Ophelia Lovibond & Tamsin Egerton & Shanika Warren-Markland & Freddie Stroma & Andrew Harwood Mills & Adam Deacon & Noel Clarke et al, directors Noel Clarke & Mark Davis
It’s like they all know what I did and they won’t come near me. ibid. Shannon
Where are the fucking diamonds that were in the Pringles box? ibid. Diamond importer to Shannon
I don’t know what the fuck is going on but I think I’ve got some stolen diamonds from your shop. ibid. Shannon
I want to hire the one who’s been playing without your permission. The Deadly Game aka All Things to All Men 2013 starring Rufus Sewell & Gabriel Byrne & Toby Stephens & Elsa Pataky & Leo Gregory & Julian Sands & Ralph Brown & Terence Maynard & Pierre Masolo & Michael Harvey et al, director George Isaac, rozzer to rozzer
We follow criminals without them knowing. It’s as simple as that … Don’t get caught. Taken: Hunting the Sex Traffickers I, opening scene, Channel 4 2021
Many are women, sex trafficked and hidden away in brothels. ibid.
This is an international trade in human misery. ibid.
Sex trafficking is one of the hardest crimes to prove as the victims are often too scared to come forward. ibid.
The potential link to organised crime and trafficking means the case is escalated and handed over to a high-level covert unit. ibid.
Across the UK organised crime groups are running pop-up brothels on an industrial scale. Taken: Hunting the Sex Traffickers II
It started off with an anonymous package through the door of the police station in Cirencester. ibid.
A specialist covert police unit has been tipped off about a group of sex traffickers … With Mark Viner out of the country, officers must follow all possible leads to prove he’s a human trafficker and a money launderer. For six months officers have been secretly filming the carpark of the premises believed to be at the centre of Mark Viner’s operation. Taken: Hunting the Sex Traffickers III, captions
Before the case reaches trial, Mark Viner pleads guilty to 2 counts of human trafficking, keeping a brothel and money laundering. He is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison. ibid. caption
21 August 1972, Michael Abdul Malik is sentenced to be executed for murder. Michael X: Hustler, Revolutionary, Outlaw, caption, Sky Showcase 2021
A street hustler who claimed to be the face of black power in Britain. ibid.
Michael X: Britain’s Malcolm X: Militant Negro organisation claims 2,000 members in London. ibid. Sunday Time article
Michael settles in London in his mid-twenties along with his wife Desiree and her young daughter. ibid. caption
My effort to go straight was not meeting with success. But I couldn’t go back to hustling. I began looking for something intangible … I met Malcolm. ibid. Michael
In 1965 Malcolm X, the US Civil Rights leader, arrives in the UK on a speaking tour, spreading the message of black liberation. On a visit to the Congress of Black Unity in London, Michael encounters the charismatic revolutionary. ibid. caption
He [Malcolm] never went anywhere without his little black case, with a mobile library of statistics ranging from transportation of slaves hundreds of years ago to the latest figures on black poverty. ibid. Michael
Courtaulds Ltd: 900 workers went on strike after a row with the management … ‘The strike as such here involved coloured people.’ ibid. Malcolm’s BBC interview
RAAS is one of a growing number of black civil rights organisations that emerge in the 1960s. With Michael at the helm, it soon gains a high profile. By 1967 Michael X is the most high profile black activist in Britain and claims to have some 60,000 followers of his RAS Organisation. ibid.
Special Branch was aware just how important [Stokely] Carmichael is to the movement. ibid. historian
The attorney-general decides there is a case and that Michael X will be prosecuted. ibid.
11 August 1967: Michael is charged with inciting racial hatred under the newly adoption Race Relations Act. ibid.
9th November 1967: Michael is sentenced to 12 months in jail. He’s the first person to be imprisoned under the UK’s Race Relations Act. ibid.
In 1890 an incident occurs in these back streets that reveals a phenomenon that will rock Victorian society and lead to the explosion of organised crime in Britain … The first time that the term Peaky Blinders is used and the legend is born. The Real Peaky Blinders, BBC 2022
The real Peaky Blinders go on to become the godfathers of organised crime in the 1920s. But their origins stretch back 50 years earlier to the 1870s. These young men aren’t focussed on money-making, they are waging street war for status. The gangs erupt from Birmingham backstreets where they face poverty and racism. This is the story of the rise and fall of Britain’s first modern mass gang movement who change our cities for ever. ibid.
By trawling the records of hundreds of Peaky Blinders it’s clear that the early Peakies are a Birmingham-wide phenomenon. ibid.
From the 1870s Birmingham is the industrial heart of the greatest manufacturing nation on the planet. But the price is high. Charles Dickens describes the city as ‘a vision of hell’. Life expectancy is below 45 years. ibid.
Women also play a role in the real Peaky Gang’s activities. ibid.