Matty Burton (Paddy Considine) in Journeyman – Image by Dean Rogers
Paddy Considine is one of Film and Television’s underrated actor come writer-director’s and has recently finished filming his second directorial feature. After a six week shoot in Sheffield/Leicester/Doncaster area and the film now in post production we get our first look at the film Journeyman in the shape of a image.
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.
You could say the film reaps of Rocky Balboa and Considine inspired by his very own Adrienne.A story about loss and, ultimately, triumph. It’s about our identity, and how in life we sometimes have to dig deep into our soul to discover who we really are.
Once again Considine is a Jack Of All Trades when it comes to Journeyman, from lead role, writing and directing the film too. It’s amazing to think it’s nearly 5 years since his award winning Tyrannosaur, and if we go by the critical praise that film received this could equally deliver same success.
Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw (Tyrannosaur) 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 won’t be on our screens until 2017 and Studiocanal will distribute the film in UK.The film also stars Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Anthony Welsh (My Brother The Devil), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell (’71).