The Long Good Friday
Meet Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins); ganglord, lover, fighter.
Dir John Mackenzie
With Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman
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.
+ Ultimate Living
UK 1970. Dir various. 10min
A treasure from the BFI National Archive documenting the planned changes for Docklands.
UK 2007. Dir Adam Smith. 4min
A music video for Jamie T, starring Bob Hoskins.
Also available on BFI Player.
The screening on Sunday 7 October features a Q&A with admirer of the film, writer-director Steven Knight.