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Working Class Heroes

The Long Good Friday

+ Q&A with screenwriter Barrie Keeffe and Bob Hoskins’ daughter Rosa Hoskins

Meet Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins); ganglord, lover, fighter.

Image from The Long Good Friday + Q&A with admirer of the film, writer-director Steven Knight

UK 1980
Dir John Mackenzie
With Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman
Certificate 18

Probably the greatest of all British crime thrillers, The Long Good Friday also had an uncanny eye for changing times – it’s a story of terrorism and organised villainy unfolding against the dawn of Thatcherism and the redevelopment of Docklands. Powerfully written by Barrie Keeffe, it also gave a signature role to a true working-class star – the much-loved Bob Hoskins, cast as ganglord Harold Shand.

Due to a change in his work schedule, Steven Knight is no longer able to attend.

+ Ultimate Living
UK 1970. Dir various. 10min
A treasure from the BFI National Archive documenting the planned changes for Docklands.

+ Sheila
UK 2007. Dir Adam Smith. 4min
A music video for Jamie T, starring Bob Hoskins.

Also available on BFI Player.

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