Brassed Off

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by cornetsquint, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. cornetsquint

    cornetsquint Member

    After watching brassed off on film 4 a couple of nights ago, I was wondering - how accurate is the film? Apart from the actors miming playing, how can a player go to practice one night and then play in a contest the next day??:-?
  2. horn-girlie

    horn-girlie Member

    um i'm not sure if i usderstand the question right ... but we've almost always rehearsed the night befrore a contest! just a quick 'top and tail' really!
  3. borrowed player?
  4. MartinT

    MartinT Member

    There's a lot of things wrong in that film, but I don't see that as one of them!
  5. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    the night before a contest, we always rehearse clog dance and then have a guest slot for soloists. you should try it, it may unearth new talent that can then fill empty solo seats for the following day's performance.
  6. flower girl

    flower girl Member

    i'm a bit confused as to the question
  7. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    I think the question was aimed at Gloria Mullins turning up at rehearsal, immediately playing a solo with a band she doesn't know and then playing with them at the whits the day after.

    As for mistakes in the film, there are tons of others, and here are but a few of the whoppers!
    * conductors that wear the same jacket as the band on stage?
    * how many people go to rehearsals in uniform (conductor did the night that gloria turned up)
    * own stand banners on the nationals stage?
    * bands at the nationals/areas playing different pieces of music?
    * playing florentiner march at the areas, outdoors!!! and off a lyre and march card?!?!? (anyone who knows florentiner march will know it's three A4 pages long!)
    * results announced at al the main whit villages in daylight?

    shall i go on?
  8. MartinT

    MartinT Member

    Why stop when you're having fun? :D
  9. impycornet

    impycornet Member

    Mullins ??

    I thought her surname was Stitts ???

    must be getting old & confused :)
  10. stevetrom

    stevetrom Well-Known Member

    when Brassed Off was released I was working in a coal mine in yorkshire (near to selby), a lot of the guys from then pit were as scathing of the inaccuracies of pit work as I was of the inaccuries of brass bands.

    It's a film, and if it raises the profile of brass bands in then general public then I think it's great !
  11. Di

    Di Active Member

    It may well raise public awareness of brass bands, which, as you say, can't be a bad thing, but it does give such a false impression. To be honest, I've managed to get until just after Christmas this year before I ever set eyes on the film and I only managed to watch about half of it before I just lost interest. I switched it off and have never been tempted to see it though to the end. I suppose the question I have is WHY? WHY present this false impression. :confused:
  12. Flutey

    Flutey Active Member

    Thought that joke was normally applied to soprano singers... :wink:
  13. Lawrencediana

    Lawrencediana Member

    Of course the film is inaccurate, would there be that much mileage in filming what really goes on. It wasn't meant to be a film about brass bands by brass band people, just a vehicle to tell a story and a damn good story at that. Forget the fact that they got so much wrong, just watch it for what it is, documentary no, entertainment yes.
  14. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    I watch it again and again, just so I can have a damn good cry when he says "horns are a bit light". Gets me every time and I become a little badger fountain... :(
  15. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    :eek:How can you insult Brassed Off? It's fantastic. And what films are accurate? It has a brass band and Ewan McGregor in, stop complaing!
  16. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    Is it just me, or does Jim the bass player carry a rotary bass to the rehearsal.... but then play a normal bass during the rehearsal?
  17. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    My 2 main gripes are:

    1. William Tell at the national finals
    2. Deciding to go to the finals the day before the contest
  18. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Of course Prague or similar would have been a more realistic representation and they really should have shown much more of the the hours and hours of finite rehearsal detail that would have been required to prepare for the finals :rolleyes: . That would be a film well worth watching - they'd need to set aside the Oscars for that one;) .
  19. Brassy Lady

    Brassy Lady Member

    Exactly! I love the film, despite sitting there cringing at some of the inaccuracies and stereotypes. And yes, I turn on the waterworks every time!!
  20. Lawrencediana

    Lawrencediana Member

    And to an audience of ?

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