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Jack Said - part shot in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 14:03 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 13:14 11 August 2010

FOLLOWING on from the success of low budget film noir flick – Jack Says – comes another instalment in this dark tale of London s underworld. Jack Said, part filmed in Dagenham, is actually a prequel to the first film and charts our hero undercover cop as

FOLLOWING on from the success of low budget film noir flick - Jack Says - comes another instalment in this dark tale of London's underworld.

Jack Said, part filmed in Dagenham, is actually a prequel to the first film and charts our hero undercover cop as he is seduced by a world of gangsters and violence.

All the time wrestling with an inward struggle to uphold the law and the powerful pull of his new lifestyle, Jack (Simon Phillips) infiltrates the highest ranks of organised crime.

Written for the screen and as a graphic novel by Paul Tanter, the "Jack" series has been compared to Frank Miller's Sin City, with its bold black, white and red graphics and film noir feel.

However Paul says that Jack has a style all his own, one that has attracted plenty of big name celebrities to star in these small budget films.

"When we were casting the first film we were really lucky with some of the fantastic actors who agreed to come on board," said Paul.

"We wanted a French bar-room philosopher and got Eric Cantona, which was apt really because he has that kind of reputation for being a bit of a philosopher.

"He read the script and liked it and came over on the Eurostar to shoot his scenes in this jazz bar in Chelsea. He was very cool."

Jack Says also starred Mike Reid as an East End hard man. It was the last project he completed before his sudden death in 2007.

Paul said: "Mike's name was tossed up when we were considering actors for the role of this real hard man.

"So we sent him a script in Spain, that's where he was living at the time.

"He came over for filming and then a week or so later we heard he had died.

"Mike never got to see the finished film but we have dedicated both to him."

A special screening of Jack Says was also held to fund raise for the British Heart Foundation as Mike Reid sadly died from heart problems.

The latest installation, Jack Said, is no different from the first in that it has attracted some big players to its roles.

Top British actor, Danny Dyer stars as Nathan, a friend of Jack's who has become mixed up with some very dodgy people.

Through him Jack infiltrates the criminal underworld and when Nathan rips the gang off and goes into hiding, Jack takes his place.

"While he is working undercover Jack falls in love with Erin (Rita Rammani) and finds himself walking a fine line between being loyal to the police and being sucked in by the dark side.

"Without giving too much away, he has to make hard choices for good reasons and sacrifice things for the greater good."

Jack Says also stars snooker legend, Jimmy White, in his first film role.

The Whirlwind plays a snooker hall owner, the scenes for which were actually shot at Romford Snooker Club.

Viewers will also be able to spot Heathway Industrial Estate in Dagenham as the location for the warehouse scenes.

Paul, who not only wrote the screenplay and graphic novels for the Jack series, was also on set nearly every day watching the film come to life.

"It's incredible to see the finished product, to see your work up on that screen," said Paul.

"So many people want to break into writing and this was my first big job so it's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.

"But it's also fun being on the set. In Jack Said there is a scene with an explosion at an old abandoned garage along the A12 somewhere.

"There's a big gun fight and we got to use blanks and squibs.

"It was the most expensive scene to shoot and we had to do it in one take but luckily it worked really well."

Paul has just finished writing the third Jack graphic novel, entitled Jack Falls, which will be brought out to coincide with the new film.

Jack Said will be premiered at the Apollo cinema in Piccadilly Circus on September 25 where it will show for a week.

After that you can catch it by buying a copy on DVD from October 5.

For more information visit www.jacksaid.co.uk.


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