A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire Stars: Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang. This intense brutal prison drama is like Kickboxer meets Midnight Express. This unflinching, hard hitting and gritty and harrowing true story is set inside Thailand’s notorious Bang Kwang Central prison, better known as the infamous Bangkok Hilton. Like Midnight Express, which depicted Billy Hayes’ ordeal after being arrested and imprisoned for smuggling drugs in Turkey, A Prayer Before Dawn is based on the 2014 memoir written by expat Brit Billy Moore (played by Joe Cole, Continue reading

RISE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mack Lindon Stars: Nathan Wilson, Martin Sacks, Marty Rhone, Erin Connor, Linda Millar, Anthony Miller, Gemma Laurelle, Reece Milne, James Kearney, David Cuthbertson, Kurt Stowers. Rise is based on a true story, and proves yet again that truth is often stranger than fiction. Writer/director Mack Lindon was working as a male nurse in a hospital in 2006 when he was falsely accused of rape following a drunken one night stand and was sentenced to five years in prison. It was over a year and a half before his conviction was overturned and his Continue reading

RISE – interview with director Mack Lindon

by GREG KING Rise is a powerful and moving story about a young male nurse falsely accused of rape and sent to prison for five years. The film is based on the real life experiences of writer/director Mack Lindon. The film stars newcomer Nathan Wilson and Martin Sacks. Greg King spoke to Mack about his experiences and the experience of shooting this personal movie. To listen, click on the link below http://www.mediafire.com/listen/a3x68zvgu4i8co0/191006_002.MP3   Continue reading

CONVICTION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Tony Goldwyn Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor. Hilary Swank was obviously on the lookout for more Oscar bait when she chose Conviction as her next film project. Part courtroom drama, part prison film, Conviction is based on a true story of a miscarriage of justice, and tells of another battler fighting against injustices and the complex legal system in the same vein as Erin Brockovich, The Hurricane etc. It showcases the type of strong, tenacious working Continue reading

GET THE GRINGO

Reviewed by GREG KING Director:  Adrian Grunberg Stars: Mel Gibson, Daniel Gimenez Cacho. Peter Stormare, Bob Gunton, Peter Gerety, Dolores Heredia, Kevin Hernandez. Get The Gringo is an unusual and violent prison drama that marks a return to form of sorts for Mel Gibson as the flawed action hero. Most of the action takes place inside Mexico’s notorious El Pueblito prison in Tijuana, a corrupt hellhole which is run by the inmates and in which virtually anything can be bought – sex, weapons, drugs. It is “the world’s shittiest mall,” as Gibson’s character Continue reading