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Working Class Heroes

The Long Good Friday

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

Image from The Long Good Friday

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.

+ 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.

The screening on Sunday 7 October features a Q&A with admirer of the film, writer-director Steven Knight.


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