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Friday 20 September 2013, 14:04

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

There's a great new low budget movie out called Borrowed Time starring one of my favourite actors - Phil Davis. Here I talk to him about the film and his career.

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    Phil Davis Top Bloke!! He was brilliant in both Bleak House and the BBC adaptation of Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky. In fact he's probably been brilliant in everything he's been in. It's good that there are still actors around who are prepared to forsake the easy money of appearing in expensive rubbish to do good work!

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    As I live abroad, I shall be unable to see this mostly likely. However would really like to. Maybe Dr. Kermode can give another shout out when it comes out on DVD/iTunes?

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    Davis plays 'Kevin' in Alien 3 whose demise is splendidly protracted - befitting of such an actor.

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    You can't go wrong with, Phil. I loved his brief but effective cameo in 'In The Name Of The Father' - He was perfect as the intimidating, uncompassionate police officer..."Why are you getting narcy again?!!. Also, his appearence in 'Face' was pretty much the most alluring part of it.

    His work on 'Hold Back The Night' and 'I.D' prove that he is also an assured director. Look forward to seeing 'Borrowed Time' - A nice little 'Harry Brown' moment for an exceptional british talent.

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    Wish I was in London right now to watch this.

    Made for £120,000 *whistles*. Great to hear Kickstarter (crowdfunding) helped where it was needed and interesting the discussion on distribution deals - that's very interesting.

    Growing list of movies I need to catch: Borrowed Time, Blue Jasmin, Wadja, No, Filth (they loved it on the review/culture show - it looks sick!), Under The Skin, Poppy Hill etc.... so much to see. Thanks for the heads up on this: Love to support budget movies where the story "just needs to be told" (the irony of big budget movies!).

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    Comment number 6.

    Phil Davis, Great actor, pops up in lots of films and TV.

    Simply the best in several films: e.g. Quadrophenia, Vera Drake.

    Davis 'stole' Face from its star, Robert Carlyle.

    One things Britain is blessed with is a great range of acting talent; something Hollywood certainly doesn’t underestimate.

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    Comment number 7.

    As it’s a quiet evening (topic) ; another documentary that’s getting good reviews for you Dr K.
    ‘Camp 14 Total Control Zone’ is about a boy aged 4ys sent to a North Korean ‘correctional’ prison with his parents, designed for political prisoners.
    He managed to escape to the south 20 years later.
    Not many survive these camps. No one else has escaped from them to the south. The doc also has interviews with former guards, also defectors, who clearly enjoy a better life than a former inmate.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to96UfT4YW4
    http://www.camp14-film.com/CAMP_14_ENGL/Camp_14.html

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    Comment number 8.

    Wanna see it one day!

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    jayfurneaux @7

    Thanks for the heads up about 'Camp 14' i saw it back in March and have been wondering if it was ever going go to get a proper release in the UK. Just a small correction Shin Dong wasn't sent there, he was born there. The documentary is nothing short of extraordinary and i think it's the best film i've seen all year and i've seen The Act of Killing. Camp 14 opens 4 October and it is THE MUST SEE film of the year, it stayed with me for months afterwards and will doubtless have the same effect on you.

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    Comment number 10.

    Damn.
    Just based on the clips in this clip, I think this would be a great night out.
    I don't see enough movies. I tell all my mates I like movies, but I don't make enough effort to see them, and it is so easy. Mainstream is so readily available, if you just go out, and I learnt from a guy in the office this week that some cinemas do an All-You-Can-Watch pass!
    Who would have thought it?
    Phil Davis. He's one of those faces that shows up on TV, my other, other vice, and I am never disappointed by him. Sherlock Holmes, anybody? A bit obvious? I have to put him in the top five INTERESTING actors with Stephen Macintosh (?) and (haven't actually thought it through, have I?)
    I'll need to keep an eye out for this in the Provinces...you Laaahdaaahners are so lucky...

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    Comment number 11.

    Brilliant actor, I would go to a film with Phil in before Terrance or Michael Cain... .Last role i saw him in was Being Human - wonderful.......

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    Comment number 12.

    And lets also hear it please for his magnificently venal King John in 'Robin Of Sherwood' (who very nearly stole the show from Nickolas Grace's sheriff).

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    Comment number 13.

    Phil is a marvellous actor. Check out his superb performance in "Grown ups"...Mike Leigh's mid seventies film set in Canterbury.

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    Comment number 14.

    All credit to Phil Davis, nice to see an experienced and known actor who genuinely loves his craft and not just the earnings and fame it can bring to a few. So encouraging to hear that there are organisations such as Kickstarter out there to help bring new talent forward. Luckily i have two 'art house' cinemas within 20 miles of me so fingers crossed i may be able to see Borrowed Time on the big screen.

 

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