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“I’ve also made a film, The Wee Man, with Martin Compston, which should be coming out very soon, in October I think. It’s the story behind a Glasgow gangster called Paul Ferris, who is now a successful writer and businessman. It tells you about his early years and what made him turn to a life of horrible violence and how he came out of that to start writing.
It’s directed by Ray Burdis and made by a lot of people behind the film The Krays. I play the wee man’s mum and his dad is played by Denis Lawson. Nice parents. Where did it all go wrong?”

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© Glasgowgangland.com

After the Interview with Paul Ferris posted on this site in which we put questions to him regarding the upcoming release of the Wee man movie we approached the films writer / director Ray Burdis to see if he too would paticipate in a 10 question interview.

Mr Burdis was gracious enough to respond and answered our questions candidly and frankly and even donated a few on set photos from the movie, all exclusively for the members here at GlasgowGangland.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. You started your acting career as a youngster and went on to build an impressive body of work, was it always your ambition to get into writing and producing or was it just natural progression for you?

 

 

As an actor work is always hand to mouth…waiting for the phone to ring … I got married at the age of 21 and realised that I had to have something more stable so I formed a production company Fugitive Films which after a few years became one of the largest Pop Promo companies in the UK. Alas there came a time when the bottom dropped out of the promo industry… budgets dried up TV companies realised that they were paying to promote Rock bands etc,so I moved forward in to Film and Television.

 

 

 

2. You produced the Krays in 1990, plus have worked on other crime themed projects; do you have an interest in true crime and did you find your previous true crime work helped you when it came to writing the script for theWeeman?

 

 

I grew up in North London – Islington. Now an affable area but when I was growing up it was hells kitchen… I loved it. We grew up looking up to the older gangland faces. Many of my friends were Gangsters and still are to this day. I could have easily went down that path but luckily for me I suppose I chose acting and joined Anna Scher drama club, got a part in a film at the age of 11…The rest is history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. You retired to France to make wine but came back to the UK in 2008 and started a company called Britfick productions, what brought you out of retirement?

 

 

I got a call as I was lounging by the pool sipping upon a chilled Chablis … What a life! …seriously it was a very polite quiet spoken guy with a Glasgow accent he said he was given my by “Some friends of ours” That was spooky as my number is only given out on the pain of death! It turned out to be Paul Ferris he said he had a best selling book out called “The Ferris Conspiracy” and that there was talk of it being made into a movie. He knew of my past growing up in a similar environment and asked would I take a look at it with the view of getting involved in some capacity.

I read the book and was captivated!

 

 

4. When you were approached by Wilf Pine to write the script for the Weeman, did you know then who Paul Ferris was and had you ever met him before the project began?

 

 

Before reading the book I had no idea who Paul Ferris was but after reading it I felt I knew him…. I had to write that script!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. When writing the script how did you approach the sensitive subject of gangland murders knowing the scenes could be seen by family and friends of the victims?

 

 

Unfortunately when writing biography’s of this nature there will always be sensitive areas in this case the murders of Joe Hanlon and Bobby Glover. I thought long and hard about it, I had to include them in the film as they were a factual part of the history of the piece and I felt not to involve them was worse. The only way I could lessen the impact for the families was to keep their involvement as concise and a accurate as I possibly could. Some press have been a bit hysterical over this and I think have brought unnecessary hurt to the families with out ever reading the script or seeing the film. I would not want to hurt or offend anyone I have tried to treat the whole episode with dignity and respect. I truly hope it will reopen the case and that the police track down Bobby and Joes killers.

 

 

6. Obviously it must have been difficult fitting Paul's books into afew hours for the big screen, have you used artistic licence, if so could yo uexplain artistic licence from a writer/producers point of view?

 

 

Of course I have to use artistic licence in all of my films sothere is some character invention and some scenes created to keep tension and pace. Paul agreed to let me create my own world in order to take the story to the big screen.

 

 

 

 

7. We know the Glasgow City council and Strathclyde Police refused to allow permission for the film to be filmed in Glasgow, have you ever came across this before and what’s your opinion on that decision?

 

 

I think they are short sighted and stupid! To deprive Glasgow of millions of pounds being put into the economy and bringing work to the area. THIS FILM SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT IN SCOTLAND! The police response was in my opinion bullshit! I think all they were and are worried about is what the film might expose about them! Well watch this space!

 

 

8. The Movie has been shown at the Cannes Film festival and has had a BAFTA screening, how did you feel the movie was received?

 

 

The film was a great success in Cannes and was received really well by the world’s distributors.

 

 

 

9. There is an opinion that this movie should never have been made,they claim it glorifies crime, what are you feelings on this? Do you think tha treformed criminals should be allowed to write book and make movies based on their experiences?

 

 

Imagine it not being taught about the horrors of the Second World War… Let’s all stick our heads in the sand and pretend it never happened! Most of these people have served their time and like Paul have never re -offended. What do you want to do for goodness sake? Hang them from the nearest bridge God forbid they earn an honest living… Mind you… Paedophiles excluded they should hang them!

 

 

10. Finally Ray, can you tell us an exact release date for the movie and can you tell us where the premier will be held?

 

I think we can expect a January release.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again Ray GlasgowGangland and its members appreciate your time on this and look forward to the film’s release.

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The official release date for “The Wee Man” film will be January 18th with premier in Glasgow and showing nationwide in Scotland thereafter.



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Brilliant news. Well done. Cani wait.
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The wee Man film is just the start of things to come with uncomfortable truths directed at the police, judiciary and the media…watch this space!


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The official release date for “The Wee Man” film......


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By Brian Ferguson, arts correspondent

Paul Ferris film set for cinema release in January

Martin Compston plays Paul Ferris in The Wee Man

Martin Compston plays Paul Ferris in The Wee Man

A HARD-HITTING feature film about the life of Glasgow gangland figure Paul Ferris is set to get a cinema release.

 

The Wee Man, which has a star-studded cast, will get a world premiere in Glasgow in January shortly before it hits screens nationwide.

Martin Compston, who shot to fame as a teenager in the Ken Loach drama Sweet Sixteen, has landed the key role of Ferris.

John Hannah will play Ferris’s nemesis, Tam McGraw, in the film, which has been made and is being distributed by London-based Carnaby International.

The film, scheduled for release on January 13, was famously shot in London due to problems securing permission to film in Ferris’s home city from Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police.

It has been directed by Ray Burdis, who also made The Krays movie, with other stars including Star Wars actor Denis Lawson, Comfort and Joy’s Clare Grogan, and Stephen McCole, one of the stars of Neds.

The film charts the life of Ferris from his childhood in 1960s Glasgow and his rise through what the film-makers describe as the city’s “murky underworld.”

A spokeswoman for Carnaby International said: “The Wee Man follows Paul growing up an ordinary young kid with decent, hardworking parents in the notorious area of Blackhill, Glasgow and the journey through his teenage years to manhood.

“The story begins in the sixties. At the age of just 11, Paul has already learned that life on the street is tough. Everybody knows his place. Poverty breeds corruption, crime, violence and bullying.”

Ferris was famously cleared of murdering Arthur “Fat Boy” Thompson in 1992 after a jury delivered a not-proven verdict, but was later jailed after being found guilty of gun-running.

The film is based on the autobiography of Ferris, written after his release from jail in 2002.

Watch the trailer for The Wee Man on YouTube


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The Armed Police Expedition 12th December 1984

 

Contents: Summation to the jury by Lord Murray @ Glasgow High court 27th March 1985.

Some of the pages have been omitted as they do not relate to the armed raid at 24 Argyle Street in Rothesay by the serious crime squad from Strathclyde police. For a full version of the summation by Lord Murray @ Glasgow High court 27th March 1985 please contact me direct: realproductions@btinternet.com

This legal document demonstrated the defence position at trial of police planting drugs, fabricating evidence and perverting the course of justice by the arresting officersby planting heroin in a little green bank bag .  This evidence was presented in a court of law in front of a jury. Some of the scenes contained within “The Wee Man” movie is substantiated by a true and accurate account by the court appointed notaries: William Hodge & Pollock LTD. Shorthand writers, 26 North Fredrick Street, Glasgow G1 2BT. (Summation to the jury)

 

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Movie Synopsis:

 

Based on the true life story of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris. The film follows Ferris's life as a young boy growing up on the tough streets of Blackhill. After he suffered relentless bullying at the hands of a local gang "The Banks Brothers" who terrorized the local community and witnessing Police corruption, he soon learned to become a Lion and fight back. At The age of 16 the worm turned and Ferris quickly made a name for himself on the streets after single handily taking on and dispatching the gang he despised as a child. He is taken under the wing of Arthur Thompson "The God Father" and soon rises up the ranks only to be bitterly betrayed by the people he respected and trusted. The lines are drawn and Glasgow's most notorious Gangland War in it's history is about to erupt.

Filming of the true-life story of former gangster Paul Ferris has already hit headlines in Scotland but its star Martin Compston has stated that people should see the movie first before casting judgement.

 

 “I knew it. I had read the books before I was offered the part. I understand it [the controversy]. It is in some ways very sensitive, and I understand a lot of families have been through a lot of hurt. Hopefully we don’t really offend anyone, but it’s such a controversial subject that not everyone was going to be happy. I just hope people remember it’s a film, and not a documentary.”

 

“I think some people, in some quarters, went a wee bit overboard already without even having seen it. Purely in acting terms, it was a great part for me to get. Growing up on the west coast, especially there but anywhere in Scotland you know the story. I still remember seeing Paul walking out of court after the Arthur Thompson trial. I remember watching it on the news, so to actually play that moment, it’s slightly trippy but in some ways it’s really enjoyable.”

Martin Compston

The Wee Man is set for release on 18th January 2013, and tackling the lead role as Paul Ferris was always going to create a few waves with the former gangster’s story already familiar to many of those who hail from north of the border.

Film Subject: Paul Ferris http://www.glasgowgangland.com/apps/blog/show/18595614-interview-with-paul-ferris-about-the-soon-to-be-released-film-the-weeman-

 

Directed by: Ray Burdis http://www.glasgowgangland.com/apps/blog/show/18742471-exclusive-interview-with-ray-burdis-the-writer-producer-of-the-weeman-

 

Written by: Ray Burdis

Produced by: Mike Loveday

 

Starring:

John Hannah,

Martin Compston

Patrick Bergin

Denis Lawson

James Robinson  

Rita Tushingham



Click here to get an e-mail reminder on the release date or when The Wee Man is showing in UK cinemas near you.

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GANGSTER WANTS HIS BOYS TO AVOID LIFE OF CRIME.

 Daily Record

October 11, 2005

Byline: By Bob Caldwell

 

DRINKERS in Glasgow's Corinthian bar barely noticed the three men sitting joking and swigging champagne at a corner booth. The party was in full flow and they were having a laugh at the expense of Thomas "The Licensee" McGraw.  It was literally at McGraw's expense - because the two men now drinking with Paul Ferris had just took £10,000 for a contract killing.

 

Their target - one Paul Ferris.

 

The hitmen never had any intention of fulfiling the contract. They just took the money and phoned Ferris. Now the three of them were blowing it and, knowing how much McGraw hated parting with his cash, they were loving every minute of it.

Ferris said: "Aye that was a laugh. Hitmen don't tell you they've accepted a contract. You won't know until they pull a gun on you."

 

Ferris has had a least five contracts taken out on him, mostly by Arthur Thompson. But more recently, Glasgow east end hardman Mark Clinton warned Ferris that The Licensee had asked for him to be killed. But while the potential target dismisses the death threats with a chuckle, he knows there is a price to pay for his life of crime. And it's a price he will have to pay until the day he dies.

 

He has to watch his back constantly. He feels under attack from the police as much as old gangland enemies. Ferris is security-conscious in a way few of us can understand. He'll check his back in mirrors, bend down and pretend to tie his shoelaces when he turns a corner . And the three mirrors on his car are his best friends He actually enjoys the fact that his mobile phone can be traced.

 

Ferris said: "I've had the same phone for two years. With the technology the cops have you may as well be tagged. I want to demonstrate to them where I am and what I'm doing 24/7 because I ain't doing nothing. The only way you beat the system is by doing nothing."

 

 

It's probably fair to say Ferris didn't give up crime because wanted to. He gave up crime because he had to.

 

He said: "In 1997, I was given a dossier by a solicitor. It was from the security services who monitored me. I knew I had to give up crime then. You couldn't beat these people. Giving up crime wasn't an inspiration that struck me on January 21, 2001, when I walked out of prison. In prison I had four years to think about how I let my sons down. I'd like nothing better than for these boys to grow up knowing what their father was, recognising the environment that we were in and recognising the environment they shouldn't be in. They shouldn't be stigmatised by the name Ferris. They should be given the opportunity to do better than their father. I'll actively encourage them not to think that crime is glamorous. Crime is not glamorous. It's a f *** ing rat race. You end up doing the best part of your life locked up behind bars."

 

That's something Ferris has done enough of. His 14 years in jail meant he missed a lot of time with his mother and his boys. He doesn't plan on wasting any more. Ferris holds strong views on the criminal justice system. No surprise there. But when a man who has spent 14 years in jail says crime will only fall if people have respect for law and order, it comes as a shock.

 

He said: "As long as you have a disrespect for law and order because of what the police have done - individually, not collectively - to tarnish that. "I was told by my dad not to trust the police. That was nearly 40 years ago.

 

"Here's an example - I've got two pals who got into a bit of trouble with Tam McGraw. He threatened to kill them. One of them wanted to get a gun and shoot the guy, the other wanted to go to the cops. But his mate said to him: 'How do you know that you're not talking to one of his men. They'll take you for a statement out in some country road somewhere and you'll no' be coming back.' "So that's a dilemma.

The police have got to look at their sources of intelligence gathering. They can't allow somebody a licence to operate with impunity knowing they will never go to jail. It's dangerous. It upsets the balance of law and order.

The police need to get their house in order. That's why I've written two books and that's why I'm not going to keep my mouth shut. There are some positive signs. You've young cops coming in for all the right reasons. But there are still dinosaurs in there who can lead them astray. It'll take at least two generations before there's respect on the street for that uniform. At the moment, there's no respect.

If you're going to build something, you need solid foundations. If you skimp, it's always going to be suspect. There are genuine people in the police who want to make a difference. It's the one's that are steeped in the history and propaganda that cause the problem. The sooner they get an independent body to investigate police complaints, the better. Just now, it's like asking Al Capone to investigate the Mafia
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Crime free.when are they going to stand up and accept this.leave the man to get on with his life.keep proving them wrong.well done paul.
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