So, the short-awaited TV mention of Urban and the Shed Crew on Made in Leeds gave short shrift to the film. It’s understandable, since the hosts of Boys On Film, had a number of films to highlight in a short time, and they were showing full trailers.
Some prep work was done, as we saw the brochure for the LIFF29 festival, which, we were told, was heavily annotated.
But what were these guys thinking, or were they thinking at all, when one of them, Mark O’Brien, trying to boost the small stature of the film, mentioned that it had some big names – Fraser Kelly and Anna Friel.
I don’t know how big a name Anna Friel is in the UK or in the US. I would say her name is getting bigger – she just ended a medium-well received, starring stint on an NBC show, which was developing a fan base ( Odyssey – not that one) and is already filming a British detective drama, also as the star (Marcella).
But, and no offense to Fraser Kelly, who is adorable and just might make an unforgettable Urban in UATSC, he is 9 years old and has only ONE released credit to his name and it’s a short film from this year that probably no one has seen. He’s unseen and only been around for a year. So, how is he a big name? He needs to be seen to get his Dakota Fanning, Drew Barrymore or Haley Joel Osment status as a child star. And he just may, if Urban gets seen. This isn’t an attack on Fraser Kelly but rather a factual observation about his current status in the film industry, which is nil.
It’s not just that I’m annoyed that Richard Armitage wasn’t mentioned. Who gives a crap on that particular movie site? I’m annoyed at the nonsense. I can’t find a rationale for this. I can’t figure out O’Brien’s thought process that gave rise to mentioning Fraser Kelly in that particular context – big names.
In this case, we can’t really say that the oversight was because Richard Armitage is not that well-known. If he’s not known in Leeds, by a movie buff, then big trouble.
One thing I will say: either Mark O’Brien or Made in Leeds probably got and will get more buzz for their program from one tweet and two minutes’ of air time than some sites get from spamming non-content for a month.