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The Fan Carpet’s Chris Kafar spoke to Harley Sylvester, Charley Merkell, Richard Blackwood and more at the star studded premiere of Gabe Turner’s The Guvnors

29 August 2014

The Fan Carpet's Chris Kafar took to the Odeon in Covent Garden on Wednesday night to talk to the cast and guests for the explosive new British gangland thriller The Guvnors.

Chris spoke to a whole host of talent from the film, including Writer/Director Gabe Turner, and on the subject of making a fictional film after his success as a Documentary filmmaker, he said "It's a different challenge, Documentaries are more about telling other people's stories, whereas with fiction you are telling your own story. You're slightly more exposed with fiction, because it is you who is getting judged, but when you're doing Documentaries its the people you're making the film about. It was just a really beautiful challenge and something I would love to do again."



Asked which he preferred, Gabe added "That's a hard question; it's a different process because in filmmaking maybe it's more pressurised on set; you write the pages, you shoot the pages and then you're in the edit, whereas with Documentaries, you do a lot of the writing essentially in the edit. So it's slightly less pressure when you're on the shoot, you'll always have pick up days where you can get more stuff, so you're carving it as you go along. Just very challenging and very different but both great fun."

Asked if he was worried about Harley Sylvester's debut performance, Gabe said "No not at all, I think he's a real talent, so I didn't see it as a risk; a lot of people did, but I didn't. He read for the part, he's a lovely, lovely boy, really talented and I think he's got that X factor that you want for a leading man. I think both he and Doug, the two leads in my film, look the part, and it really feels like you're watching leading men, and I wanted to cast people who had that gravitas."

Speaking about writing the script, Gabe commented "Interesting process, it's a long process writing it, and if you surround yourself with the right people and they'll give you notes. And sometimes it can be quite hard to take, cause people will look at it and go 'ah!' and it's time to rip out those twenty and start again. But I enjoyed the process, it's long and tough, but I think when to shooting, it's very exciting."



Talking to leading man Harley Sylvester about how he found starring in his first feature, he commented "It was amazing, acting has always been my first love, and I always wanted to come back to it at some point. Music became my life and my job, so it took a while for me to find a point where I could step back into the acting world and when I did it was great fun. Working with Charley [Merkell] my best mate and Gabe Turner who is now one of my best mates, it was fun, yeah."

Talking about the interplay between his character and Charley's character, Harley added "I think they play off of each other really well, he gives the cheeky, nasty side that my character cant conjure. I think Charley gives the film its light hearted nature, otherwise it would be completely dark."

Speaking about how he got the role, Charley Merkell said "Harley had an audition for it from knowing Gabe, and I was reading it with him, and he said to Gabe 'my friend Charley's an actor, maybe you should see him for it' and we went in, we both read for both parts and Gabe just went 'you've got it!' and he didn't audio anyone else."

Speaking about if he was worried when he first arrived on set, Harley commented "No, I was excited, I'm worried now, as I said acting was my first love, so it was natal to me and I always wanted to act so I was prepared for the transition."

Talking about Gabe Turner, and the film, Charley added "I would be over the moon if this was my first feature, I think it's amazing, but obviously I'm so, so biased!" Harley Sylvester added "I think what Gabe has done, is that he created an atmosphere on set that is rare, he was so calm, it was so chilled, everyone really, really wanted to be there. And considering the budget, and the time schedule that we were working to, to create what he did was amazing."

Talking about the script, Barrington Paterson said "I only had my part of the script, and it was the first time I'd ever done anything like that, so to me it was the challenge of doing something else you know, I really enjoyed it."



Producer Cass Pennant added "I thought we've got a story there that everyone talks about that's not been done in film, my thoughts were there's those from the film world trying to get into the underworld and they need a bit of help, and because the script was powerful and I could see the idea of it, I believed I could deliver that help.

An important thing of making a film when you're shooting, is the cooperation of the community, if you're going to make a film about that world, you have to be accepted by that world, and the only way to be accepted by that world is respect, and the script was there but I'm the broker, I'm the man that delivered the real world to the setting of the ambitious ideas in the script that Gabe Turner wanted to pull off.

The community supported this film because the script was intelligent."

Speaking about his expectations for the film, Richard Blackwood said "I think it's gonna do really well, I think it's a film that's really needed right now, it speaks to the adults as well as the youth about what needs to be done."

Chiming into the the debate that films like The Guvnors glamourises violence, he added "It's definitely a gritty film, but I think it's necessary, sometimes in order to hit home, you have to shock people. I'm not saying they're going for the shock value, but sometimes you need to to wake people up. If you're too PC or too soft people won't take it seriously. Violence in real life isn't pretty, there's no reason to make it pretty in a film, so I think the violence coincides with the message of the film of what needs to change in the future."

Nick Nevern added "These films are made to be enjoyed, and it gives people the chance to come out of their day to day life and see how other types of people might live, just go and enjoy it, it's an hour and a half, I know it's got this swearing and violince, but it's a film, enjoy it."

Talking about his expectations, Nick commented "My expectations are very high just from the trailer, it's really strong, I have never once catted for premiere tickets in my life for anything, but I woke up this morning and said 'right I need to go an watch The Guvnors tonight."



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