Attending the premiere of ‘Jackdaw’ at the Showcase Cinema in Teesside was not just an evening of cinematic splendour, but also a personal milestone for me. Not only did I have the honour of being an extra in this thrilling film directed by Jamie Childs, but the Rocketbunny Skyline (RB32) also made its debuted appearance on the big screen.
The journey to the premiere was as memorable as the event itself. Arriving in my RB32, that played a small part in the set of the rave scenes in the film, felt like a full-circle moment. The car, lit by spotlights bathed in vibrant hues and adorned with its distinctive Rocketbunny styling, turned heads and became a raver-style spectacle for all to see. Parked outside the cinema, it drew a crowd of its own, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already electric atmosphere.
The Showcase Cinema in Teesside was buzzing with energy. The press was there, capturing every moment, interviewing the full cast, and adding to the grandeur of the event. Fans were everywhere, their excitement overflowing as they climbed over one another for a glimpse of the actors. The atmosphere was nothing short of euphoric (in true raver terms).
Inside, the anticipation was palpable. As an extra in the film, seeing myself on the big screen was a surreal experience. ‘Jackdaw,’ with its compelling narrative of a former motocross champion turned army veteran, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and the dangerous task he undertakes starting out in the North Sea of all places, was gripping from start to finish. The film’s stars, including Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jenna Coleman and Thomas Turgoose, delivered performances that were both powerful and emotive with Joe Blakemore portraying Silas with such passion it makes me feel there’s no coming back from that character!
In ‘Jackdaw’, the actors not only delivered performances of stunning brilliance but also remarkably captured the essence of the Northeast rave scene. Their mastery of the local dialect and accent was second to none, showcasing an impressive commitment to authenticity. The way they effortlessly adopted the unique inflections and rhythms of the Northeast’s speech added a layer of realism and depth to the film. This attention to dialect and accent has given birth to numerous memorable lines, destined to be quoted by fans for years to come. These lines (although crude) are more than just dialogue; they’re a tribute to the distinctive linguistic character of the Northeast, ensuring that ‘Jackdaw’ will be remembered not only as a thrilling cinematic experience but also as a culturally resonant piece that captures the true spirit of its setting. The actors’ ability to so convincingly inhabit these accents will undoubtedly contribute to the film’s status as a future cult classic.
What made the night even more special were the four simultaneous showings of the film. Each screening room was filled with an audience eager to dive into the world Jamie Childs had created. The director and the Mayor of Teesside himself were in attendance, offering words of thanks and sharing in the celebration of this cinematic achievement.
The post-screening event was a whirlwind of excitement. I had the opportunity to meet and thank Matt Gant, the production designer, and Paul Frost, the Art Director, who were instrumental in involving me and my RB32 in the project. Their vision and creativity were evident in every frame of the film, and it was an absolute privilege to work with such talented individuals.
As the night drew to a close, the feeling of gratitude and excitement stayed with me. Being a part of ‘Jackdaw’ was an experience I will always treasure. The film is not just a testament to the power of storytelling and cinema but also a reminder of the incredible things that can happen when passionate people come together. I look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with such an amazing team and to be part of more such unforgettable projects in the future. ‘Jackdaw’ is a film that will undoubtedly leave its mark, and I am proud to have been a small part of its story.
The Official Release date is Friday 26th of Jan 2024!
In select cinemas.