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I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Very British Gangster

I missed out on a great film. Laemmle's sent me an invite to "A Very British Gangster" which is the new documentary from Donal Mac Intyre which showed at Sundance this year. The film follows the British gangster, Dominic Noonan, on a three-year journey in Manchester where he plys his trade.

As you'd expect, the commentary has bitter sweet messages about Noonan's role in society as he dishes out his own brand of justice and Neighborhood Watch that the police and authorities cannot. Some see him as a gangland enforcer and others as a neighborhood fixer.

I believe I've seen Donal Mac Intyre's work before when he was a BBC investigative journalist. One-time tried to track down a stolen mobile phone to show the trade of goods in inner cities. His candid camera footage showed him getting a knife pulled on him by an 'helpful citizen' and having his laptop stolen.

A Very British Gangster is a dangerous film about dangerous people. It’s a raw world of hit men, gangland fixers and young innocents living lives foretold.
— Filmmaker Magazine

MacIntyre captures all the nuances without glorifying a despicable character. The film is beautifully shot and creates emotional connections to this violent but fascinating world apart.
— The Hollywood Reporter

Several of this year’s documentaries caused a stir … But most fascinating was “Gangster,” the astonishing tale of Manchester, England’s outrageously charismatic Public Enemy No. 1.
— NY Daily News

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