By Mkuu Amani
If you’re up for watching a powerful boxing drama this evening look no further than Jonny Harris’s ‘Jawbone,’ a gritty movie that follows a dishevelled, down and out who had been a former amateur boxing champion but who is now struggling to cope with his misfortune, bereavement and alcohol addiction.
Actor, writer Harris who plays the lead role of Jimmy McCabe, is joined by brilliant actors Michael Smiley, Ian McShane and Ray Winstone in this harrowingly realistic portrayal of UK life in the undergrowth and as so many of us know it.
As we soon find out, conflict and tragedy are following McCabe around like one of those a dirty, stray cats that hooks on to you hoping you’ll take it in — and this in some scenes renders Jawbone not an easy watch.
But the storyline is not difficult to relate to and whilst it becomes quite simple to see how McCabe is in some ways the architect of his own withering imprisonment, this doesn’t stop us from yearning to see his escape.
Birmingham can be proud that as a city it has provided great film locations for some memorable movies, and even more proud that Jawbone – an undoubtedly great movie to watch – has been added to that list.
Additionally, the city – through its association with this movie, opens a doorway through which we are invited to appreciate some authentic Midlands boxing culture.
Amongst the cast are some seasoned boxing practitioners including John Pegg, the Head Trainer at Birmingham’s Eastside Boxing Gym. Pegg has since gone on to make a movie of his own.
There’s also Paul Counihan, a gifted and dedicated trainer who also works at Eastside. And the most knowledgeable and effervescent Jason Lowe, a boxing reporter who also co-owns the award winning Women’s Boxing Club based in Birmingham.
If you’re particularly sharp you might spot Birmingham Boxing Column’s chief writer Dexter Hastings in the crowd during a fight scene.
You might also spot the actual flyer produced by Tommy Owens Boxing Promotions ahead of Don Broadhurst’s March 2014 title fight against Brett Fidoe — and if you do spot it — then on the flyer you might just make out the images of Tommy Langford, Chris Truman and Michael Rooney, all Birmingham based boxers.
Jawbone is available to purchase (£5.99 HD / £4.49 SD) or rent (£1.99) on YouTube Movies.
Watched it already? What do you think?