Nov 042014

Join Hive Media for a FREE  interview and Q and A with Cass Pennant, writer, producer of Meet The Guvnors and Beverley, staring Vicky McClure, and subject of the movie Cass. Following the talk there will be time for a Q and A from the audience and a networking session where Cass will be available to talk about his experience as an advisor to film and televison on hooliganism and gang culture, financing projects, the making of Cass, and his producing experience.

For producers, directors, film-makers and general fans of film – and of football culture and the fashion of casuals.

Pennant is the eponymous hero of the British feature film Cass (2008), based on his best-selling autobiography about his turbulent life. Cass was directed by Jon. S. Baird and filmed starring Nonso Anozie, Nathalie Press and Tamer Hassan.

It was a culmination of events and a violent lifestyle as a leading member of notorious 80s football gang the ICF that saw him convicted and sent inside prison and it was at this time that Pennant began to write.His story showed an escape route for those brutalised by their early experiences, a way out of the dead end towards moral redemption and peace.

Urban Edge FilmsAs an acknowledged authority on the culture of hooliganism and gang culture, he advised on numerous TV and film projects, including Guy Ritchie’s acclaimed Snatch, Lexi Alexander’s Green Street/Hooligans, Alan Clarke’s The Firm plus Bravo TV’s The Real Football Factories series, ITV’s Bouncer’s series and Ian Stuttard’s award winning Thames TV documentary Hooligan.

 When in 2005 he realised that publishing was the world for him, his interest moved on to developing and promoting other writers and with backing he founded Pennant Books and published a wide array of titles in the sport, biography and crime genres. He is the best-selling author of eight football fan-related books, five of which have been UK Top Ten bestsellers.


Craig Sugden Photography

He was instrumental in 2011’s Casuals, a feature film DVD documentary exploring the early 80s fashion movement instigated by young football supporters from the terraces of British football stadiums. 2014 saw the release of Meet The Guvnors ( Metrodome ) and short film Beverley, starring Vicky McClure and Laya Lewis.

Beverley the short film

Beverley the short film starring Layal Lewis and Vicky McClure

This is the third in an ongoing series of events on Film-making funded by Leicester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.