This Easter weekend, two years on from the audacious robbery which inspired it, The Hatton Garden Job is released. The bold faced cheek of this crime captured the nation’s collective imaginations. Primarily because 4/5ths of the criminal gang behind the caper ought to have been at home with a pipe and slippers. Ronnie Thompson’s partially true, fancifully embellished, feature continues our great British tradition of championing the underdog. Even when those underdogs are being very naughty indeed!
Pitched as OAP’s 11 The Hatton Garden Job shines a light on the faces and places of a vanishing London. With that ‘one last shot’ theme lending the comic caper a poignancy closer to The Full Monty or Brassed off. Deep beneath the streets of Hatton Garden, we discussed those parallels with director Ronnie Thompson and the film’s star Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia). The interview took place in the very vault the gang bored their way in to and both men agreed that it was an irresistible tale to tell.
Sitting amidst scattered safety deposit boxes, Phil confided which London landmarks he’d be tempted to hit given free reign for a break-in this Easter. While Ronnie revealed his nostalgia and respect for the London of the past these light fingered old timers represent. Click below for the interview in full and look out for The Hatton Garden Job at a cinema near you from Friday 14th April.