True North, fishing drama, biggest load of tripe ever filmed!!!!!
Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:13 AM
an example of how dire the script is can be highlighted by one scene where they are steaming thru the night?(why they'd land in belguim then steam home to PD would spoil the plot?) the father wakes because the son who is on watch has seen what looks like a mark on the sonar, which is just a colour sounder but don't let something technical spoil things, the father decides to shoot the "trawl" the term they all use for the net for some reason? a haul of half a dozen boxes which they gut and ice in the hold in boxes before stacking the boxes having dragged them to the opposite end of the hold? and he thinks he is skipper material!!!! oh how much was the son getting for the smuggling job? £4,000, which given the size of the boat wouldn't pay for the oil for the passage and the few tows they had enroute. by the way the son explains to the other crewman that if the bank take the boat they will sell it for scrap!!!!! and leave his da with nothing, the inference being that they all live aboard the boat like teenkers.
during one haul while taking the bag aboard the rope breaks as it goes thru the block at the top of the derrick, the son and deckie (theres another crewman but being the cook he does nothing else) hold on to the end of the rope as if they let go they will "lose the trawl" according to the son, why they detach the net from the sweeps i don't know? but theres feck all in it so hey ho, one of the chinese die, buried at sea blah blah, but the net is still out and they've seen a big spot on the sonar!!!!! oooooh i can hardly wait, why they are hugging i have no idea, half a lift of wee fish and the deid chink they scutched the night before and here was them thinking that they'd filled their boots and the customs wouldn't suspect, now poor peter mullen is greetin (hada pint with him donkeys years ago in the blytheswood cottage pub, nice bloke) and the forepeak is filling with water, oh dear, oh dear oh dear, all the chinese are droonin while the crew do some soul searching on deck, oh no, they'd stuck the hose down and drowned them, but wait, theres one that has been hiding in the engine room and only the halfwit cook knows!!!!!!!
it was the father did it and the boy had a good catch, you had good bait said his old man, meaning the deid wan in the codend? where did they do their research? oh wait, they've noticed the girl and she knows!!!! so does the cook, will he, won't he? skipper played by gary lewis(traitor in braveheart) gets his heid stove in by the cook when he tries to chuck the chinese girl overboard, oh and he is lying on the "good catch" which looks to be mostly horse mackerel, and he's deided, greet greet,
girl survives leaving on a bus, with a rucksack full of money? the £4,000? and thats the end with the bus winding its way along a coast road which if i remember will be an irish road as they made it there because it was cheaper.
written and directed by stephen hudson for BBC films made in scotland ireland and germany, the boat the martha david which was decommed in 2006, and had the winch on the port shoulder, fore and aft set up which i thought weird till just this second till i realised i spent 12 yrs aboard a boat with the winch set up the same only in the middle of the boat, why having it against one rail made it weird i know not??
i just sat thru this tripe so you didn't and never will need to, what tripe, everyone else went to bed within ten minutes as they were fed up with me criticizing the terminology being used!!!!!
Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:45 AM
Well if you take a look at the 'official' film site @ http://www.truenorth...com/reviews.php
you will notice that the page for REVIEWS is empty - perhaps you should send your critique to the site for inclusion
Of course all of us who recorded the film will now be thinking that they HAVE to watch it to see if it really is as 'bad' as you make out!
Mind it did win some awards including this prodigious one:
True North has won the the prize for the Best Feature at the Celtic Film and Television Festival, held this year on the Isle of Skye, in Scotland. The Bronze Torc Award was accepted by actor Gary Lewis, who plays the skipper.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 01:35 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:34 PM
It just cannot be as bad as 'America's Next Top Model' which my kids used to watch
It is really that bad that I can no longer just turn my back on it, I can no longer even stomach hearing the t**ts
Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:57 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 06:01 PM
Exactly - not a film made by Trawlermen for Trawlermen, but writers (suspense?)and actors for Joe Public who wouldn't know any different - its all about 'entertainment', after all if you want to see a REAL documentary watch BBCs Trawlermen, now we all know that is true to life
Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:05 PM
like the bucket with the lid the whole thing was full oh p!sh, mind you i winna mind the cooks job, as we all know thats all the cook does while the skipper was too tightfisted to employ even a couple of flips, if it won an award i hope to feck skye was the only place it was shown, gives everyone a bad name, pure sh!te
Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:25 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:30 PM
Yes the perfect storm book was good but lets face it all that was written down was more or less fact whereas the film was full of stuff from the Andrea Gail that no one really knew what happened , would love to see what checking out they did and research for the film ,probably none which seems to be the main problem
Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:35 PM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:23 AM
the o'hanlon book has got to be the worst on any subject, not just fishing, what a piece of self indulgent tripe, makes freddie gillies books look like literary masterpieces, ok, so i wouldn't go that far!!!!
having watched the skipper withhis new boat on trawlermen it was difficult to picture him as the same person portrayed in the book, a bit of artistic license methinks? what would Mr. O'hanlon make of rikki? he'd end up like a cross between eminem and eddie izzard, a man in a dress that swears like a trooper!!!!
Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:27 AM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:21 AM
as for yon other load of shit by o hanlon-as i`m a compulsive reader and read some utter drivel in my time-none topped o hanlons book-there wasn`t even enough in it to write an essay about-utterly dreadfull-even the `riddle of the sands`was better-and that`s saying something. aye and the perfect storm was shite too-nearly bearable till the end-climbing up that giant wave was just a bit too much-jesus wept.(book was a good read all the same)
Posted 03 March 2009 - 02:30 PM
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:46 PM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 09:38 PM
Aye Frankie, if I remember lovely she goes was five or six trips made into one, with a bit of truth stretching thrown in but still a good read. The better one for me is a living on the edge by spike whitiker its what the deadliest catch was based on but it goes back to the start with converted navy tenders and no machinery on deck exept a winch. Also six to nine month seasons lot of injuries, again I lent it out and never got it back. Another good one is pots of gold on u tube a six part series talking to the old boys who started it all off well worth looking at.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 09:50 PM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 10:37 AM