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Half Time and Down (2014)

A Sunday league football team made up of misfits find themselves 6-0 down at half time, The manager enters the dressing room to carnage, confusion and mayhem.

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Mark-John Ford

Writer:

Mark-John Ford
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Credited cast:
Tom Davis ... Bob
Tony Denham Tony Denham ... Deano
Jumayn Hunter ... Jay
Harley Sylvester ... Harley
Frankie Fairbrass ... Benny (as Frankie John)
Ted Reilly Ted Reilly ... Teddy
Tommy McDonnell Tommy McDonnell ... Tommy
Cass Pennant Cass Pennant ... Referee
Brady Powell Brady Powell ... Brady
Can Somer Can Somer ... Can Other team Player
Colin Burt Vidler ... Psycho Steve
Dorian Simpson ... Dorian
Michael Suluk ... Mickey
Stuart Budd Stuart Budd ... Eric
Scotty Day Scotty Day ... Other team player
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A Sunday league football team made up of misfits find themselves 6-0 down at half time, The manager enters the dressing room to carnage, confusion and mayhem.

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team | football | See All (2) »

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He had a dream but it was not this.

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Short | Comedy

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UK

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English

Release Date:

1 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Harley Sylvester who plays Harley in Half Time and Down is half of music group Rizzle Kicks. See more »

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Bob: Remember we are the Beavers, the Stanley Beavers FC.
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The beautiful game gets funny - and sweary...
24 November 2014 | by elaine-105See all my reviews

I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about football. No matter how many times I get the off-side rule explained to me via the medium of table condiments, I still don't understand it – I'm still waiting for a giant vinegar bottle to lumber into view from the right wing. Fortunately, you don't need a firm grasp of the beautiful game to appreciate Half Time and Down, a pithy short film by The Guvnors actor turned writer/director Mark-John Ford.

Sadly, a good grasp of the game is exactly what Stanley Beavers FC lack. We meet this hopeless bunch of misfits in their dressing room before a match: alternately overweight, underfed, stoned, bored, old or just plain useless, they're like a usual suspects line up of the last kids ever to be picked for a team at school, all grown up and still without a clue. And no amount of sweary haranguing from their overbearing, bullying manager (Tom Davis) is going to kick them into shape. And of course, as the title suggests, at half time they're six goals down. Ouch. Even I know that's not good.

Frankie John and Tom Davis in Half Time and DownCue twenty minutes of blokey banter that, while often very funny, is also rather sad, picking at the scabs of the teams' lives to suggest all kind of unresolved issues lying beneath. Like Dog Soldiers crossed with Full Metal Jacket, the script captures both the casual cruelty of lads larking about and also the way in which a little bit of power can make a man (or in this case, a manager) a little bit mad.

That said, Half Time and Down is hardly subtle in its delivery (the team are, after all, called the Beavers, and every other word starts with an f), but it does a lot with a small budget and a largely unknown cast. Not entirely my cup of tea, but a promising debut all the same. Go Beavers!


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