Association with Alex Usborne at Picture Palace North and 104 Films 1989 – present 2017-09-05T09:33:09+00:00

Association with Alex Usborne at Picture Palace North and 104 Films. 1989 – present

Alex Usborne is a Sheffield based TV and film producer who runs two companies Picture Palace North and 104 Films Ltd. My association with Alex started in 1989, researching and exploring Sheffield’s nightlife, boxing clubs and social housing estates, photographing authentic, documentary film locations, personalities and characters who have a story to tell. Only the two of us were usually present at a given location with no film crew present, this enabled a sense of actuality and reality to be achieved.

Photographs from these locations were used to create scenarios that could be used to outline and construct these documentary films, pitch for funding and later be used to promote the finished film.

As these early documentaries progressed into higher budget feature films, I worked as the unit stills photographer.

Films for Picture Palace North and 104 films include: Brendan’s Boys (1990), A Band Called Treacle (1995), Tales from a Hard City (1995), The Acid House (1998), Large (2001), Fucking Sheffield (2006), Special People (2007), Smoking with the Hawk (2008), N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode) (2012), We Are The Freaks (2012), The Marker (2016).

All images are Strictly Copyright © 2017 Bill Stephenson All Rights Reserved

St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield

[PP 001]   Ali Hamed and ‘old timer’ at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield. 1989. The club is the location for Brendan Ingle’s boxing gym. Ali Hamed is the younger brother of former professional boxing champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed and is now himself a professional boxing coach.

St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield

[PP 002] Ali Hamed and Johnny Nelson at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club, 1990. Johnny was known as “The Entertainer” and became the longest reigning cruiserweight world champion, retiring in 2006.

St Thomas' Boys and Girls Club, Wincobank, Sheffield

[PP 003] Naseem Hamed age 16 at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club. Known as ‘Prince’ Naseem or Naz, he was later to hold multiple world titles at featherweight. He retired in 2002 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Boxing club Sheffield 1989

[PP 004] Boxing club members take a break from training, St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club. 1989.

Brendan Ingle coaching

[PP 005] Brendan Ingle is one of the most successful boxing trainers in the sport having trained four World Champions, 6 European, 15 British and six Commonwealth Champions. Here, he is training ‘young hopefuls’ at St Thomas’ Boys and Girls Club. 1989.

Josephine's Nightclub, Barkers Pool, Sheffield 1992

[PP 006] Revellers at Josephine’s Nightclub, Barkers Pool, Sheffield. 1992. The drink of the day was ‘Pils and Black’, (larger and blackcurrant).

Josephine's Nightclub, Barkers Pool, Sheffield 1992

[PP 007] Girl with a condom on her nose, Josephine’s Nightclub, 1992.

Male stripper at Josephine's Nightclub 1992

[PP 008] Male stripper at Josephine’s Nightclub. 1992.

Hen Night bride to be and sister, Josephine's Nightclub 1992

[PP 009] Hen Night bride to be and sister, Josephine’s Nightclub. 1992

Josephine's Nightclub Sheffield 1992

[PP 010] ‘Mini Meals’ waitress. Josephine’s Nightclub. 1992.

Josephine's Nightclub Sheffield 1992

[PP 011] Bar staff outside Josephine’s Nightclub. 1992.

Miss Josephine contestants 1993 Sheffield

[PP 012] ‘Miss Josephine 1993’ contestants.

Miss Josephine contestants 1993 Sheffield

[PP 013] ‘Miss Josephine 1993’ contestants.

PP Miss Josephine contestant 1993 Sheffield

[PP 014] ‘Miss Josephine 1993’ contestant.

Rebels Nightclub, Dixon Lane, Sheffield 1993

[PP 015] Kissing couple. Rock night, Rebels Nightclub, Dixon Lane, Sheffield. 1993.

Rebels Nightclub, Dixon Lane, Sheffield 1993

[PP 016] Air Guitar contest winner, Rock night, Rebels Nightclub, Sheffield. 1993.

Rebels Nightclub, Dixon Lane, Sheffield 1993

[PP 017] Door men, Millionaires Bar, Calver Street, Sheffield. 1994.

The Fountain Bar, Sheffield 1994

[PP 018] Men jeering a pub stripper, The Fountain Bar, Sheffield. 1994.

Park Hill, Sheffield 1994

[PP 019] ‘Duckers and Divers’, petty thieves at Park Hill, Sheffield. 1994.

Tales from a Hard City

[PP 020] Glen Brodie. Glen lived on the Wybourn Estate Sheffield and is a character from the documentary film ‘Tales from a Hard City’. He is a car thief who attempts to break free from his life on the estate and alcoholism through Karaoke singing. Sadly Glen died from an alcohol related illness in 2014. 1994.

Tales from a Hard City

[PP 021] Sarah Smith and Wayne Chadwick are characters from ‘Tales from a Hard City’. Sarah had been recently been arrested for ‘dirty dancing’ in Greece, Wayne is a bar owner and ‘media mogul’ who wants to make Sarah a ‘celebrity’. 1994.

Film 'Fucking Sheffield' 2006

[PP 022] Stevlor is a Sheffield based photographer and character from the documentary film ‘Fucking Sheffield’. He uses his high rise flat near London Road as a photographic studio. 2006.

glamour model Laura 2006 Sheffield

[PP 023] Stevlor and glamour model Laura. He uses the flats lift as a location for photography. 2006

Glamour model Sheffield 2006

[PP 024] Stevlor and Laura recreate the iconic poster image from the 1966 film ‘Blow-Up’. 2006.

Blue Minx Pole and Lap Dancing Club, Rotherham 2006

[PP 025] Cassie and the girls at the Blue Minx Pole and Lap Dancing Club, Rotherham. Cassie is the ‘top girl’ at the club and one of the characters from the film ‘Fucking Sheffield’. 2006.

Blue Minx Pole and Lap Dancing Club, Rotherham 2006

[PP 026] Cassie and Natasha wait for lap dancing customers to arrive. 2006.

Blue Minx Pole and Lap Dancing Club, Rotherham 2006

[PP 027] Cassie and ‘Chardonnay’ attract passing customers to the club. 2006

Film 'Fucking Sheffield' 2006

[PP 028] Mick is from the Wybourn Estate and a character from the film ‘Fucking Sheffield’. He is a crack addict trying to rid his addiction so he can repair his scooter and ride to a mod rally in Scarborough. 2006.

'Special People' 2007

[PP 029] Sasha Hardway is an actor and model starring in ‘Special People’. A film about a failed filmmaker who teaches a group of wheelchair users how to make films. 2007.

'Special People' 2007

[PP 030] David Proud at the barré in ‘Special People’. He is an actor, presenter, producer and was the first disabled actor to appear in EastEnders. 2007.

Film 'Smoking with the Hawk' Sheffield 2008

[PP 031] Cylde Broughton is a character from ‘Smoking with the Hawk’ documentary film. Clyde is a pool hall hustler, power lifter and jailbird from Sheffield’s Wybourn estate, who gains ‘karma’ from his hawks. 2008.

Film 'N. F. A. (No Fixed Abode)' 2012 with Parick Baladi

[PP 032]   Actor Parick Baladi starring in ‘N. F. A. (No Fixed Abode)’. The story of a man who wakes up to find he has lost everything. 2012.

Irvine Welsh's 'The Acid House' 1998 Irvine Welsh's 'The Acid House' 1998 Irvine Welsh's 'The Acid House' 1998

[PP 033] Screen grabs from Irvine Welsh’s ‘The Acid House’. 1998. Featuring Ewen Bremner, Michelle Gomez, Arlene Cockburn and Gary McCormack.

'Tales from a Hard City' (1996) 'N.F.A.(No Fixed Abode)' (2012) 'We Are The Freaks' (2013)

[PP 034] DVD wrappers from ‘Tales from a Hard City’ (1996), ‘N.F.A.(No Fixed Abode)’ (2012) and ‘We Are The Freaks’ (2013).