Cockney hard man Frank Harper, a familiar face from roles in Lock, Stock and other East End crime films, makes his directorial debut with jingoistic heist thriller St George’s Day. He and Craig Fairbrass play London gangster cousins who owe big money to a Russian mafia boss and hope to get out of debt by staging a diamond robbery in Berlin on St George’s Day while an England-Germany football match is taking place – a scheme that recalls The Italian Job, not least in its shameless bid to wrap crime around the national flag. The film looks good, thanks to cinematographer Mike Southon’s stylish camerawork, but the script is well dodgy.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Metrodome Distribution on Wednesday 26th December.
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