Gangs of London is fokken hectic, innit?

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This series is terrifyingly hectic. It was nominated for a BAFTA earlier this year as well as Hollywood Critics’ Association Award for Best Drama. Almost more importantly, it received an Emmy nomination for its stunts, because goeie fok, they are good! It’s like someone went through all the old Steven Seagal movies and made notes of how people get hurt, get beaten up, get limbs broken, shot or killed. Then they took that list and upgraded it for Gangs of London, because trust me, you’re going to make some noises out loud yourself when you see the creative ways in which people get hurt and fucked up. Ashtrays and darts are for instance used as weapons in a pub fight scene.  You feel this series in your teeth and jaw en jou poephol sal sommer fokken toe trek. Sommer right from that first scene of the rooftop which you might mistake for on opening scene of a Batman movie.

Like Rolling Stone tunes:

“Gangs of London will grab you by the scruff of the neck, hurl you against a wall, and remind you with repeated blunt force that the show comes from Gareth Evans, one of the great action directors alive.”

Gangs of London tells the story of how a city gets torn apart in the wake of the assassination of Finn Wallace (Golden Globe nominee Colm Meaney from Layer Cake), who just happens to be the head of London’s most powerful crime family. Seriously groot fokken kak, pappie! There is a fresh variety of characters, cultures, and languages, including Albanian, Danish, Kurdish, Urdu and Welsh reflecting a modern-day London, which is a welcoming change form the old British Bulldog brute streotypes. It is an unapologetic script which have done away with clichés. This is not the London the tourists see.

As The Atlantic puts it:

“Gangs of London exists on a fully realized plane of its own, where brutality is power, death is inevitable, and even the pigeons are on cocaine. I love it. I cannot get enough of this show.”

I promise that you won’t get enough of it either. Thankfully Gangs of London has already been confirmed for a second season. The only kak is that it it only coming our way in 2022.

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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 1 spot, The beautiful sadness that is Nêrens, Noord-Kaap“:
Nêrens, Noord-Kaap is a remarkable drama series that offers an almost palpable nostalgic familiarity, thanks to the majestic but arid and ruthless plains of the Northern Cape as backdrop. It is a beautifully shot series, with the landscapes doing their part to help tell the story of the Adendorff family on their farm, Nêrens.

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