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First Look: Paddy Considine’s Boxing Movie ‘Journeyman’

LONDON — Sales company Cornerstone Films will show buyers the first-look promo of Paddy Considine’s “Journeyman” in Cannes and have released the first image. Considine’s second feature wrapped in mid-April after a six-week shoot in North and Central England. Post production is underway.

Considine not only wrote and directed the film, but also stars, alongside Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Tony Pitts and Paul Popplewell. Many of the supporting cast make their acting debuts and take on roles that closely mirror their actual professions with appearances from boxers, boxing commentators, nurses and an occupational therapist.

The film will be released in 2017 and is financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire, and the Wellcome Trust, with Studiocanal on board to handle the U.K. release.

Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw said of the shoot: “Paddy took to simultaneously writing, directing and acting like it was meant to be. He delivered a beautiful performance whilst working brilliantly with the other actors and crew. We are making another very special film here and it is clear that Paddy has a world-class skill and capacity that he’s capable of exercising on multiple fronts at once.”

“Journeyman” tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton. As he approaches the end of his career he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game, to secure a home and future with his wife and baby daughter. After a titanic fight with the brash and controversial Andre Bryte, Matty collapses on his living-room floor, a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. Awaking from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.

Considine’s critically acclaimed directorial debut, “Tyrannosaur,” won numerous awards including the Outstanding Debut Award at the BAFTAs in 2012, the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director and Best Actress for Olivia Colman at the BIFAs in 2011, and the Best Director and Special Jury Prize (for Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan) at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

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