Brutal British Gangster Flick Rise of the Footsoldier III took the award for Best Feature at the Marbella International Film Festival (MIFF) last night.
The film is a no-holds-barred prequel, telling the tale of real life Essex Boy Pat Tate, a man mountain with a hair-trigger temper, a serious fondness for pills and cocaine, and an unquenchable hunger for power. Craig Fairbrass gives a towering performance that cements Fairbrass’s reputation as a screen hard man.
The rest of the cast is a who’s who of Brit gangster film talent, including Terry Stone (Bonded by Blood 2), Roland Mannokian (The Business), Eddie Webber (The Business) and Billy Murray (Essex Boys) and legendary Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.
Zackary Adler directs with energy and mixes elements of The Business, Snatch and Green Street with “bone-crunching violence, white powder, nudity, and a fantastic soundtrack according to one review.
Other awards on the evening included Timothy Spall for Best Actor and Michelle Collins for Best Actress.