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Salt in the Wound: Rob Grant talks Harpoon

Jean-Paul Sartre famously wrote, Hell is other people. In Rob Grant’s Harpoon, they are also your closest friends.

A gleefully caustic, witty and violent film about three pals self-destructing when accidentally stuck in a boat out on the ocean, it was a highlight at this year’s Arrow Video FrightFest. Snide remarks soon turn darker as resentments and long-held secrets begin to surface, while an omniscient narrator keeps tabs on their predicament.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Rob to discuss how Harpoon came to be and the challenges he had in funding and shooting. Plus, how he attracted the fantastic cast of Emily Tyra, Christopher Gray and Munro Chambers as the three frenemies, literally all at sea.

The result is a compelling insight into the practicalities, dif...

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips - poster, Tom HanksDirector: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Addirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M Ali, Michael Cherums, Catherine Keener

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 134 mins

Year: 2013


The lowdown: Batten down the hatches for this nail-biting biopic, boasting an Oscar-baiting return to form from everyone’s favourite everyman Tom Hanks. Recreating the five days in April 2009 when Somali pirates boarded US container ship Maesk Alabama and took its Captain Richard Phillips hostage. United 93 director Paul Greengrass once again crafts a taut thriller around a real-life crisis without sacrificing authenticity or humanity.

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The verdict: Anyone expecting an Uncle Sam vs. The Savages set-up will be disappointed. Tub-thumping political agendas are resisted...

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