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An LPC grad has made a gangster film about paralegals

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Harnessing the drudgery of life at the bottom of the legal food chain to launch an alternative career

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From Lock Stock to Snatch, Legal Cheek has always felt that there is something missing from gritty British gangster flicks: paralegals.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) grad-turned-film producer Omar Ismail has used his time at the legal coalface working as a paralegal as inspiration for his film entitled ‘A Reasonably Good Bloke’. It sees gun-wielding paralegals come face-to-face with gangsters …

The film tells the story of a struggling paralegal named Jackie, who is played by relatively unknown actor Miles Le Versha. Jackie is dismissed from his job for gross misconduct and hatches a plan to secure his own client base by associating with various criminals.

The film’s trailer — which was released earlier this week — shows Jackie and a colleague getting dragged into the murky underworld of criminal activity. Set in South London and shot in black and white, the dark comedy thriller gives a subtle nod to the struggles faced by those currently working in criminal law.

Now managing director of Crixton Films, Ismail — who did his undergraduate degree in mathematics at UCL — quit the legal scene last year to pursue his dream career in film production. Having originally studied for his Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at BPP in 2007 he then embarked on the LPC at the then College of Law in 2009, gaining a distinction.

Yesterday Legal Cheek caught up with him. He told us:

“My inspiration perhaps comes from the fact that I used to work in a law firm as a paralegal myself. I have therefore experienced some of the growing difficulties experienced by some very hardworking paralegals who are trying to obtain training contracts, and who have to possibly do long stints of unpaid work before being employed.”

Critics might argue that Ismali has opted for one of the few careers out there even more difficult to succeed in than criminal law. But judging by the impressive ‘A Reasonably Good Bloke’ trailer, he is at least in with a shot.

The former paralegal plans to enter his production into various film festivals over the coming week before releasing it to the general public later this year.

Watch the trailer in full below:

A Reasonably Good Bloke: Official Trailer from Crixton Films Ltd. on Vimeo.

34 Comments

A

About as riveting as paint drying.

Pity he didn’t just concentrate on a few VS / TC applications. Alas…

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Anonymous

Looks ace to me! Looking forward to the release.

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Anonymous

Wow, what a shart of a film. Stick to being a para mate.

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James

You seem very bitter about your past job….

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Anonymous

omg, if advertised as a new release would definitely be going to watch!

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Anonymous

great trailer, looking forward to generall release!!

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Anonymous

great trailer, looking forward to general release!!

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Anonymous

Like the look of the leading character

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Anonymous

Looks like a great traditional British film

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Anonymous

Awesome, when is the release date?

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Anonymous

A British classic

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Ahmed

Omar why do you keep leaving anonymous comments about how good your movie is? It’s awful just like your law skills

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Anonymous

Think you mean “legal skils”. You must still be a trainee…

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Anonymous

What a load of shite!! Your shite in a bucket, your the king of dog shite!

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Ahmed

No law skills and at least I wasn’t sacked

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Anonymous

Ahmed you clearly have nothing better to do with your life if your commenting on this at 1.22am

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Your father

Your response to Ahmed shows your still very bitter. Sorry to see that.

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Anonymous

I always thought you were more into soft core porn, with some work I could see this having potential for a blue movie, the lead is a bit of a stud.

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Anonymous

Ahmed, I’m thinking of making a movie called “I am a twat” I have a feeling you would be ideal as the main character? You don’t seem to be doing much with your life so if you fancy it, let me know.

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Anonymous

Ahmed is a cunt!. I really thought this is looks like a good film. This sounds like champagne bollocks. Fuck you Ahmed. This is a real film. Fucking Ahmed is clearly jealous the cunt

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Anonymous

I think we’ve all lost track of this feed. I like the trailer to the movie, wish it all the best

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Mikkii

I reckon the film has potential… it’s an interesting concept and is the firat of its kind. I can’t wait for the release date

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HSM

I think it looks good. I worked for a high street firm above a well known discount clothing store and your plot seems quite similar. But now I live at home, trying to nick a client or two from my old boss at the police station.

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Irish mike

The maker of the film was actually sacked for being incompetent but suppose he is using artistic licence in his film

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Lyn

You so stupid and your stupid movie sucks

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Jo

Great film, see you at the Oscars. Im out for drinks later, give me a shout. PS Im en rout to buy my gown for the Oscars right now wink wink

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Anonymous

All these people making offensive comments – I’d like to see them do something better and creative… good luck Omar, I hope the film is a success – well done to you for going for it and trying to achieve something, unlike all these losers who have nothing better to do than leave useless and unhelpful comments because they haven’t managed to get anywhere in their mundane lives (and half of them seem quite uneducated, not even being able to spell correctly!)

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lauren

Omar, you were shit at your job but because you were the only person who bought me presents I always took the buck for you! you better have icluded me in your script you bastard, otherwise I will turn into a more miserable and bitter bitch than I already am!

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Marie

You should have dropped me an email Omar! I would have got you a job in law and saved you from this horror!

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Anonymous

Everyone’s double-checking their crap spelling now. Good.

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Dr Russell C

Looks like a ‘Reasonably’ good film :-). Seems interesting.

By the way, it also seems clear that most of the offensive comments above appear to have been made by one person with some kind of grudge against the filmmaker;
with some kind of ill-conceived obsession with proving that he was incompetent (possibly stemming from their own neurotic insecurity).

From a professional point of view it appears they’re suffering from a multiple personality disorder or, more likely, some form of advanced neurosis,
possibly caused by a traumatic experience such as a recent marital/relationship breakdown (hence the extreme bitterness exhibited in some of the messages). It may be advisable to seek medical help before they breakdown completely. Cheers!

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Dr Mel C

Dr Russel

You yourself seem to be suffering from multiple blame disorder. At first you attribute blame for these comments to one individual however in your next paragraph you attribute blame to several individuals by referring to them as “they”. You are to psychiatry what Omar is to law/filmaking poor.

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Burt Raccoon

Hi, please have a look at these links (concerning the ‘singular they’):-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100184652/if-someone-tells-you-singular-they-is-wrong-please-do-tell-them-to-get-stuffed/

You don’t seem to have a good command of English (is it your first language? Have you ever written a letter?). I seriously hope you’re not practising law (in any capacity), because if your ‘law skills’ (which you consistently harp on about) are as good as your English language skills, then they certainly leave a great deal to be desired old chappie!

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anon

Dear Fat Bastard, (I mean Burt Raccoon)

Subtlety is not your best trait!

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