"Don’t pull punches", says Eran Creevy


"Don’t pull punches", says Eran Creevy

‘Shifty’ & ‘Welcome To The Punch’ Director thrills students with action movie talk

Welcome to the Punch director Eran Creevy gave an exclusive Q&A talk at a screening of his latest film.

Eran, whose debut feature urban drama Shifty was nominated for a BAFTA, 5 BIFAs and named as one of Empire magazine's best films of the year, was in conversation with Director Corin Hardy.

His recently released Welcome to the Punch stars James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough and was Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.

A distinct change in direction from his earlier film Shifty, it has been described by critics as ‘…a pulse-pounding and beautiful looking British crime film,’ ‘a British bullet ballet…that delivers action mayhem and elegantly shot gunplay.’

A fan of Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies)and vintage John Woo’s Hong Kong action movies, Eran said the look of the film was as important as the action to him. The film features stunning cinematography by Ed Wild who used blue filters to give the cool London locations a sense of steely style and grace. Wild also shot a Biffy Clyro music video for Corin Hardy.

Eran impressed students, including teenagers from the BFI Film Academy course in the audience, with his candid response to questions. He admitted that he’d been nervous when making the film, his first action movie, and about the need to develop a rapport with your actors.

“It’s really important to understand your actors so that you can draw out the best performance from them. With James it was humour,” said Eran.

Corin Hardy said after the talk: “Eran impressed the students with his honesty and tapped into their hunger for knowledge.” 

This was the closing event of the BFI Film Academy which had opened with a masterclass by Director Edgar Wright.