First Look: Paddy Considine Channels Rocky Balboa in 'Journeyman'
A promo of the British boxing drama will be screened in the Cannes market.
The first image from boxing drama Journeyman, Paddy Considine's second turn behind the camera, has been unveiled, offering a glimpse of the BAFTA-winning British multi-hyphenate grimly sweating it out in the corner of a ring.
The film — now in postproduction and financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and the Wellcome Trust — sees Considine team up with his BAFTA-award-winning Tyrannosaur producing partner Diarmid Scrimshaw and directing himself as a middleweight fighter inching toward the end of his career.
Realizing he must make money in order to retire from the sport, he takes on a big, brash fighter who is after his title. Following a titanic battle, he returns home to his wife but moments later collapses on the living room floor from a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. When he awakens from a coma, the real fight begins.
Alongside Considine, who also wrote the script, Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Anthony Welsh (My Brother the Devil), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell ('71) star in Journeyman, which also features appearances from actual boxing professionals.
The film has already been picked up by StudioCanal for the U.K. Cornerstone is overseeing international sales and will screen a first-look promo in Cannes.