• 03
  • 08
  • 2021
  • 07.30
  • pm

Certificate X Cult Cinema: G.B.H (Grievous Bodily Harm)

Please note this is an 18+ Event


Certificate X is a sanctuary for rare cult cinema, with monthly presentations exclusively at Gullivers NQ Manchester. Here you will find lost cult classics, obscurities, and cinematic trash features, all supported by trailers and adverts from the shadows of cinema past. We do not show new films, but those that have been forgotten or discarded. From arthouse to grindhouse, anything is possible. Expect the unexpected.

G.B.H.(Grievous Bolidy Harm)
UK 1983
Director: David Kent-Watson
Cast: Cliff Twemlow, Jane Cunliffe, Anthony Schaffer
We’re back! And to kick-off we begin with an evening of bare knuckle bruising on the lawless streets of Manchester where life is cheap!
Manchester 1983, club culture is booming and big money can be made in the city where hot-pants and frizzy perms rule the dance floor and a bloke’s night out always ends in violence. There is a crime wave beginning, the local “mob” are taking over the clubs and only “the Mancunian” can save the day. Enter Donovan (Twemlow), hot out of prison, all-round tough man and womaniser, the only person crazy enough to take on the gangsters with his own brand of tough justice.
Shot on video in and around Manchester (with plenty of city sights to spot for those of you familiar with the city), GBH is a neglected Mancunian jewel. Released on VHS by World Of Video 2000 in 1983 as a brutal northern companion to The Long Good Friday, it’s a joy-ride of dated stereotypes and testosterone fuelled machismo (imagine The Sweeney busting The Hit Man & Her). Twemlow’s performance is worth a video rental alone, he plays the tough man with real gusto. Needless to say, it does not paint Manchester in a pleasant light!
Little is known about Director Kent-Watson, but he made a string of low budget features such as The Eye of Satan (1992) and a G. B. H. follow up Lethal Impact (1991).
Twemlow however, was a man of talent, writing horror novels and screenplays (including G. B. H. ) and creating library music for TV and films. He almost made a feature with Joan Collins (The Pike) and toughened his knuckles as a bouncer at Peter Stringfellow’s Manchester club in the 70’s.
The feature, which is transferred from the original World Of Video 2000 VHS tape, will be supported by a program of juicy trailers and the short “educational” film Never Go With Strangers (1971) which highlights the dangers lurking on British streets in the seventies.
It’s good to be back!