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First Look: Paddy Considine’s Journeyman

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Paddy Considine’s second feature Journeyman wrapped in mid April after a six-week shoot in Sheffield, Leicester, Doncaster and the surrounding areas. Post production is now underway. Paddy Considine not only wrote and directed the film but also stars alongside Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Anthony Welsh (My Brother The Devil), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell (’71). Many of the supporting cast make their acting debuts and take on roles that closely mirror their actual professions with appearances from boxers, boxing commentators, nurses and an occupational therapist. Journeyman was developed and shot in close collaboration with the boxing community and medical profession.

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.

Cornerstone Films is handling the international sales and distribution and will screen the first-look promo from Journeyman in Cannes. The film will be released in 2017 and is financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire, and the Wellcome Trust with STUDIOCANAL on board to handle the UK release.

Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw 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 is a powerful and beautiful 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.

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