POST/POP PRESENTS: MERSEY COP – The Greatest Scouse Martial Arts Movie Ever Made

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POST/POP PRESENTS:

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MERSEY COP (+ Q&A with Matt Routledge: writer, star and director!)

VENUE: WHIRLED CINEMA // 259-260 Hardess St, London, SE24 0HN  Get directions

ENTRY: FREE!

DATE: SEPTEMBER 23RD 2014

TIME: 8PM

SYNOPSIS: Taunted by his peers for his Americanised cop persona, Conner Philips is unequaled in the art of fighting crime. Turning chopsticks, trouser belts, socks and towels into unusual weapons to combat crime, he is walking advertisement for the Mersey Police. However the kung-fu kicking scouse detective’s skills are put to the test when a new gangster moves to the north west and is determined to ruin the lives of every police officer in Liverpool. Unmoved by wealth, and motivated by vengeance, his message is a clear one. By placing a bomb at the top of the Liverpool tower, he hopes to lure the police into the building, seemingly to disarm the bomb. But he has other plans in mind for the innocent police officers…

Mersey Cop isn’t just the greatest scouse martial arts movie ever made, it also holds the honour of being one of my favourite films ever made. I know what you are thinking, “That’s a bold claim Jed, why haven’t I heard of it if it’s so good?” Well let me bring you up to speed….

The year was 2007 – September 2007 to be exact – and myself and my then housemates had just come home from watching a band I have no memory of. We were tipsy, tired and most of all hungry. Between the 4 of us, all we had in the fridge were eggs. EGGS. Yes Eggs. Lots of them, and as far as the eye could see (to the back of the fridge), so we decided to do what scientists thought (until this point) was impossible. We looked at each other. We looked at the eggs. We looked back at each other with the mutual sense that something special was going to happen. That was a night that would live on only as whispers in the wind; a cautionary tale that fathers tell their sons around campfires; an urban legend oft misremembered as pure fantasy. This was the night of THE TEN EGG OMELETTE. “But Jed, surely you didn’t make an omelette using ten eggs.. that’s impossible?!” That’s what they told us, but we did it. And we did it to the theme music from the Champions League playing on our tinny 2007 polyphonic phones. “The Chaaaaammmppiiiooonnsssss….” rang out into the east london night as we cracked egg number 10 (some scientists call this the “god egg”) and watched our food, nay mana, cool. Minutes later and we were all eating the ten egg omelette with our fingers, sprawled out across our sofas, while I (being the best with remote controls at 3am – years of insomnia) flicked for something suitably euphoric to watch.

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I flicked past Simpsons reruns, a Bruce Willis Marathon (Now called Bruce Willis Snickers) and alot of soft-core Channel 5-esque porn until I reached a brand new channel I had never seen before. It wasn’t there the other day, and now here it was, today… there. I looked to my housemates for some kind of assistance with this quandary, but they were too engrossed in the aforementioned ten egg omelette. “I must call Guinness Book of World Records in the morning..” I heard one of them say to the other and I nodded as I tried to find out just what the hell was happening to the TV. “They can’t just spring a new channel on me” I said, looking directly at the Sky box. “They need to prepare me for this kind of thing. They need to send me a text or something. What if I were here by myself? What if I were the kind of person who became easily frightened at the thought of something new? Like that time I was on a bus and read that a new series of Red Dwarf was on that night. I had to get off at the next stop, find a bench and sit down for an hour, lost in my own thoughts…” I steadied myself and pressed the info button on the Sky remote. “MOVIES4MEN” it said, and little else.

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We are men!” I said to my housemates who had almost finished the ten egg omelette with smiles akin to scoring in a world cup final. “This channel is for US“. And for the night only, it was. I have little recollection what was on right at that moment, but I could see from the tv guide what was next. “FIST OF JUSTICE“. For 4 slightly drunk guys who had just eaten a ten egg omelette (yes you read right, TEN), those 3 words were like telling us we had got to the front of the cashpoint queue and the person before us had left a £20 note in the machine and was nowhere to be seen. Then I read the synopsis (above) to the other three guys and as I uttered the words “… kung-fu kicking scouse detective…” I already knew we were in this for the long haul.

We settled down and watched Fist of Justice while trying to google anything we could about it. Almost nothing. The IMDB page told us it was aka MERSEY COP and that it was written, directed and starred Matt Routledge but little else. “This is the best british film I have ever seen!” I said, but it was almost like it was a collective decision because we all thought it, just some of us still had remnant of the ten egg omelette in our mouths.

 

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After it was done I checked the Sky record screen to make sure it had saved as I wanted to check it was a real thing we had watched, in the morning, and not some sort of gin-based dream. It wasn’t a dream, it was an explosive british martial arts movie, set in Liverpool with a multi-talented writer/director who just so happened to be an incredible martial artist with the comedy acting skills of Jim Carrey meets Bruce Campbell with a little dash of Benny Hill!

Fast Forward 7 years later and I am finally screening MERSEY COP the way it should be seen, IN A CINEMA as part of the wonderful SCALARAMA festival which runs for the whole month of September. It’s at Whirled Cinema (where I did a press screening of Birdemic 2 last year – yep I produced that!) in South London and features a Q&A with Matt Routledge himself! It’s on September 23rd 2014 and its totally free, just turn up before 8pm as its first come first serve! I am very very excited about this.

The poster was designed by Omar Hauksson (he did the wonderful Raid 2 posters!) and I’m in love with it. Yes that is a Mersey Ferry exploding out of the frame on fire. You’re going to love this film too, so I will see you there! If you need any info about this film or screening, email me: jedshepherd@gmail.com or via twitter @jedshepherd. Also, add Matt Routledge on twitter @kungfumatty.

Connor and Shianne

ALL HAIL SCALARAMA 2014!

 

http://scalarama.com/

http://screeningfilm.com/events/postpop-presents-mersey-cop/

https://www.whirledcinema.com/

 

Jed

 

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“Back To The Fuck Yeah!” CSD Tape Compilation ft. ASH/Everything Everything/Johnny Foreigner/We Are Scientists/Dutch Uncles and lots of POST/POP faves!

BUY THE TAPE HERE!

CHARITY MIXTAPE FOR THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION
POST/POP X SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE

Back in 2006 I started a record label called Pop Will Prevail. The first 3 releases were split 7″ singles with Science Fiction Theatre, run by friend and professional northerner Michael Coates. Fast Forward 8 years and that’s the blueprint for this compilation album. Coincidentally, 2 of the aforementioned releases feature bands on this particular tape, just with slightly different names! (Apple eyes / Dutch Uncles)

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I’m just going to rest my fingers for a second while I cut and paste the press release which says it all:

Twice now Science Fiction Theatre Records have put on some of the most fun and entertaining charity gigs in Manchester to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research and they back with two very special shows this year, one in London and one in Manchester. To accompany these charity gigs, SFT Records have teamed up with POST/POP Records of London to release a very special limited editionmixtape featuring album tracks, live recordings and remixes by some of our favourite bands including Metz, The Joy Formidable, Everything Everything, Dutch Uncles, Pulled Apart By Horses, Ash, Johnny Foreigner, We Are Scientists, Nine Black Alps, Menswe@r and many more!

This tape is limited to 200 copies, will cost £10 and 150 of them will
be available at the Back To The Future charity gigs in Manchester
(23rd August at Night & Day Cafe) and London (6th September at Brixton
Windmill) – entry to these gigs will be just £6 and will feature Sam
Forrest (of Nine Black Alps) / Winter Project / Stations / The Alpha
Machine in Manchester and Stations / DOE / WOAHNOWS plus sets from POST/POP artists HETTIE, APPLE EYES and NO CARS in London. As is now usual we will be
playing the film at both venues and we will have a Delorean at the
Manchester venue for photos (and hopefully at the London show as
well!)

The remaining 50 tapes will have exclusive 3D artwork (3D glasses
included!) and will be available on Cassette Store Day on 27th
September in London.

These events are always great fun and raise money for a great cause,
we’re hoping the addition of this super limited and no doubt highly
sought after mixtape featuring all these great bands who wanted to
help us will draw more attention to our gigs and fund raising efforts.
If your music publication or website can help us spread the word about
this (very!) newsworthy release and the gigs then that would be
amazing. A lot of bands are showing their support for this cause and
it would mean the world to us if the music press could also back us.

For more information please email mdcoates@outlook.com and I will get
back to you as soon as possible.

http://www.skiddle.com/e/12220131/ – Manchester ticket link
http://www.skiddle.com/e/12220137/ – London ticket link

Okay it’s Jed again. just look at that tracklisting! I don’t think it is out of line to say that this is most likely the best damn pre-recorded compilation TAPE album of the last decade (at least!).

POST/POP RECORDS (Side A)
01 Rahh! – Pepa Knight
02 Shipping – Johnny Foreigner
03 Token – HAUS
04 Just The Way – HETTIE
05 Who Knows – Beginners
06 Body Double – Apple Eyes
07 Cress – No Cars
08 Indian Skull – Kiites
09 From The Bombs To The Beatles – Emily Capell
10 Splitting The Risk – Model Village
11 Crash ‘14 – Menswe@r
12 Wide Eyes – Kestrels
13 Return Of White Rabbit – ASH

SFT RECORDS (Side B)
01 Back To The Fuck Yeah (Live) – Pulled Apart By Horses
02 Build Against – Caves
03 Low Machs – WOAHNOWS
04 Cradle (Dutch Uncles Remix) – The Joy Formidable
05 Bellio (Sky Larkin Remix) – Dutch Uncles
06 Roll The Dice – Swines
07 Sprinkles – We Are Scientists
08 Come Back Around (Rob Schnapf Mix) – Nine Black Alps
09 Prisoner – Stations
10 Redo/Improve – DOE
11 Cough Cough (Live) – Everything Everything
12 When The Walls Fell – The Alpha Machine
13 Dirty Shirt – Metz

So you have lots of POST/POP faves (it’s almost like a “best of POST/POP” album, but thats gonna come at a later date!), some really big bands that have sold millions of records, some incredible new bands just about to break, all lovingly shoved onto one tape with gorgeous artwork. If you are very lucky, you will get your hands on one of the 50 3D versions with free 3D glasses for Cassette Store Day. At this moment, I can not confirm where you will be able to get the 3D version as CSD is quite confusing, but I know for sure there are going to be a whole load in Rough Trade East (london).

Have a better look at the artwork. This is the 3D version, MJF really pops! Click on the picture to make it big!

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Just to reiterate, you will only be able to get this tape at the manchester or london gigs.

If by any fluke there are some of these tapes left (we really don’t expect there to be) then we might put them online, but as this is for CHARITY, we want to get as many people as poss to the gigs! You also get to buy me a drink which is pretty cool indeed. Did I tell you that at the london gig we are also having a FREE BBQ for all people who come? So you get a film, a million bands, food, access to a exclusive cassette tape all for £6? YES!

POST/POP and Science Fiction Theatre won’t make a single penny from this awesome tape as all proceeds will happily go to the Michael J Fox Foundation.

any questions, you are welcome to email me jedshepherd@gmail.com or hit me up on twitter @jedshepherd or accost me on the DLR.

This is going to be INCRED.

jed