On Saturday 6 May local people who supported the production of Jawbone were invited to watch a special gala screening of the film two days before its World Premiere at the BFI in London.
Writer and Actor Johnny Harris, and Producer Mike Elliot welcomed members of the cast, production team, boxing clubs, students and extras who were all involved in the making of this film along with former twice English lightweight champion Scott Lawton who helped train Johnny in the lead up to the film.
The screening was followed by an exclusive Q&A with both Johnny and Mike who expressed their sincere thanks to the city for all of its support during the production and for the quality of film support in the region.
The film goes on national release on Friday 12 May Click here to find out where you can watch it.
Inspired by the world of amateur boxing, Jawbone tells the story of a former youth champion attempting to fight his way up from rock bottom. The directorial debut of Thomas Napper (who worked as Second Unit Director on the likes of Pan, Into the Woods, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast), the film stars Johnny Harris alongside grizzled hard-men Ray Winstone and Ian McShane.
Further behind the scenes talent comes in the shape of former World Champion Barry McGuigan and Shane McGuigan, acting as Boxing Consultants, and a soundtrack from the legendary Paul Weller. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.
Shot in various locations across Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands, Jawbone tells the story of a former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), a man desperately in search of hope, but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill (Ray Winstone) corner man Eddie (Michael Smiley) and promoter Joe (Ian McShane). In a battle between fear and faith, Jimmy risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world.