The brilliantly talented actor Paddy Considine returns behind the camera with Journeyman following his critically acclaimed directorial debut Tyrannosaur. His latest film wrapped in April after a six-week shoot in the north of England.
Cannes audiences will get a “first look” promo of Paddy Considine’s latest foray behind the camera as Journeyman, the story of middleweight boxing champion, enters post-production. Considine write, directs and stars alongside Jodie Whittaker, Anthony Welsh, Tony Pitts and Paul Popplewell.
Many of the supporting cast make their acting debuts and take on roles that closely mirror their actual professions with appearances from boxers, boxing commentators, nurses and an occupational therapist. Journeyman, which was shot on location in Sheffield, Leicester and Doncaster was developed and shot in close collaboration with the boxing community and medical profession.
Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw said of the shoot, “Paddy took to simultaneously writing, directing and acting like it was meant to be. He delivered a beautiful performance whilst working brilliantly with the other actors and crew. We are making another very special film here and it is clear that Paddy has a world class skill and capacity that he’s capable of exercising on multiple fronts at once.”
Journeyman tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Matty Burton. As he approaches the end of his career he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game, to secure a home and future with his wife and baby daughter. After a titanic fight with the brash and controversial Andre Bryte, Matty collapses on his living room floor, a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. Awaking from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.
Journeyman is a powerful and beautiful story about loss and, ultimately, triumph. It’s about our identity, and how in life we sometimes have to dig deep into our soul to discover who we really are.