Magazine article Screen International

Hereford Films Punches with Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Hereford Films Punches with Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw Biopic

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London-based Hereford Films has acquired film rights to the autobiography of Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw [pictured left], the notorious bare knuckle boxer.

Mark Harris will star as Shaw in the film, titled Pretty Boy, which will be directed by Neil Jones from a script by Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines, the writing duo behind upcoming crime drama The Hatton Garden Job, which is also set to star Harris.

Jones previously directed boxing biopic Risen, which won a Welsh BAFTA for leading actor Stuart Brennan in 2011.

Executive producers for Hereford Films include Billy Murray and Adam Stephen Kelly.

Shaw is noted for three fights with fellow bare knuckle boxer Lenny McLean, a biopic of whom recently wrapped shooting in London. Shaw's story includes brushes with many of London's most notorious criminals, including the Kray twins.

The script is based on Shaw's popular autobiography. Further casting on the project is now underway ahead of a planned early 2017 shoot.

Hereford Films CEO Jonathan Sothcott said: "I was looking for a really hard hitting, brutal British gangland biopic for our slate. …

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