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Mastermind revealed when Signature Entertainment release The Great Train Robbery: A Tale of Two Thieves

06 August 2014


Ahead of the anniversary of The Great Train Robbery on the 8th August, Signature Entertainment announces that it will release the highly anticipated documentary The Great Train Robbery: A Tale Of Two Thieves in cinemas October, and available on DVD and On Demand October 6th. This incredible film features Gordon Goody, one of the main instigators behind the heist – for the first time he will reveal  the identity of the missing mastermind behind Britain’s most famous heist – the elusive and mysterious “Ulsterman”. The Ulsterman provided the train robbers with vital inside knowledge that made The Great Train Robbery possible and without the Ulsterman there would have been no Great Train Robbery.

Fifteen men pulled off “The Great Train Robbery,” netting today’s equivalent of £45 million. Over 50 years after the heist, one of the robbers, Gordon Goody, has finally agreed to go fully on record and reveal all the unknown facts about that fateful night and his life of crime, including the identity of the “mythical” Ulsterman. The Ulsterman has gone down in British criminal history as the man who walked away and disappeared into the ether with today’s equivalent of over £5 million pounds.  His identity has been the subject of intense scrutiny by the public and law enforcement alike, but has always remained a fiercely guarded secret. In this film he is identified for the first time.

Directed by Chris Long (Executive Producer of The Mentalist), Executive Produced by Chris Long, Erin Donovan and Simon Howley and a collaboration between London’s Kowalski Inc and LA’s Scallie Filmworks, The Great Train Robbery: A Tale Of Two Thieves transports us back to a bygone era when criminals lived by a code and gives us exclusive interview access to Gordon Goody, revealing unknown secrets about his criminal past and details about his daring and legendary heists – the BBC and Heathrow Airport Heists to name two. With previously unknown information about The Great Train Robbery and clues to the identity of “The Ulsterman”, the film retraces the fascinating investigation to find out the real identity of the inside man with surprising results.

Director Chris Long said, “This story could never happen now. Meeting Goody was a fantastic, powerful experience and he has an unbelievable presence. Characters like him don’t exist anymore and after shunning the public for a very long time, he and I felt that there had been an enormous amount said about this historic crime, and not by him. He was concerned whether “The Irishman” was dead, and this film is his chance to set the record straight.”

Marc Goldberg, Managing Director of Signature Entertainment said, “Based on exclusive first person testimony from over 20 hours of interviews, Goody’s fascinating story, along with the hunt and revelation of The Ulsterman is vibrantly brought to life in The Great Train Robbery: A Tale of Two Thieves. Signature is incredibly proud and excited to be releasing this extraordinary film – and we are sure it will be relished by anyone with even a passing interest in Britain’s most infamous heist.”

The Great Train Robbery: A Tale Of Two Thieves is in cinemas October 2014 and on DVD/On Demand October 6th with a book about the full story due to be released soon.

About Signature Entertainment
Signature Entertainment is the most exciting new Film Distributor in the UK. Signature aims to bring the film-loving public an interesting, stimulating, inspiring and eclectic range of feature films and audiovisual programming.

Launched in April 2011, the Signature Entertainment team combines a wealth of film expertise with a vibrant and fresh outlook; pushing the boundaries with the goal to deliver quality entertainment to the cinema and the shelves.

We recognise the diverse taste in film and by distributing an array of different genres, we will look to please a range of audiences.

Director - Chris Long For Scallie Filmworks
Chris Long is a British director and producer. For the past twenty years he’s worked non-stop at all the major US Cable and TV Networks and has carved a well-earned reputation as one of the finest Television Director/Producers in Hollywood. Chris’s talents are very much in demand and he is credited as the creative visionary behind some of its most successful shows. After moving to the US in 1990 from the UK and seguing from post production to producing, Chris began his distinguished career, serving as Director and Executive Producer on a number of top rated international series culminating currently with the CBS #1 hit drama: The Mentalist. The show has received multiple honors, Emmy nominations, and in 2013 received the prestigious Monte-Carlo TV award for the most watched drama in the world with 58.1 million viewers per episode. So far, Chris has directed 25 episodes of the Mentalist. In a career marked by longevity, he’s directed over 100 hours of comedy and drama and produced over a thousand hours of television around the world. Chris is Co-President of Scallie Filmworks, Inc., a production company committed to creating quality content in TV, Motion pictures and Documentaries.

Simon Howley – Executive Producer Kowalski Inc
Kowalski is a UK based production company headed by Simon Howley. Founded in 2009, the company has produces factual, documentary and entertainment programming for the UK and US markets. Recent projects include the special on Evel Knievel for Discovery US, ”, feature doc - “A Tale of Two Thieves,  “Crazy Love” a pilot for BIO, and  “Make Me An MP” for BBC 1.

Kowalski specializes in real life stories and actual people. Howley says the company “prides itself on finding interesting talent, as well as gaining access to difficult stories”. The company has partnered with various agencies on upcoming projects, including the LA County Fire Department, the CIA, the Metropolitan Police, and the US Special Forces.

Prior to forming Kowalski, Simon was an Executive Producer at Firefly / Dragonfly, making such series as “Life or Death” for Discovery Channel, “Pirate Gold” for Nat Geo, “Britain’s Close Encounters” for Channel 5, and “The World’s….and ME” for Channel 4. Simon also produced “Animal Cops Detroit” for Discovery and received a Gemini Award as Best Producer.

Kowalski are currently in development on numerous projects, including “Hollywood Air”, “Detroit Gang Squad”, “Cops of Hazard” and “Deadliest Tricks”.