Essex Boys - The Inspiration

Last Update: 18 April 2000

Although not a true-life story, ESSEX BOYS was inspired by a real-life incident. One snowy night in Essex police found three men shot dead in a Range Rover. Co-writer and director Terry Winsor takes up the story: "The newspaper article about the deaths aroused both Jeff Pope's (co-writer and producer) and my interest in what was happening in Essex at the time. Essex seemed to have become the centre of crime. That really got us going with regards to the history leading up to the images of the three guys dead in the Range Rover. They were found at the end of a lane in the snow. There only seemed to be the tracks of one vehicle going to the spot, and that really was the kick-off point for us writing about the sort of circumstances that might have occurred."

Jeff Pope concurs: "The murder was the spark that started all this off. I always follow things like that in the papers because they are so intriguing. This one was especially interesting - three guys dead, no one knew how they got there, or how had they been killed. It didn't look like they had put up a struggle - it looked like they had been executed. But it raised the question as to who would do that? We used that as our starting point. But those are real people with real families, so we didn't want to make it that story. Also, inevitably, when we looked at the real story we found it was messy and confused. You constantly find that real life is more mundane than you would want your story to be. So, having established what happened, we then moved on and created a piece of fiction but kept it in a realistic framework. There is nothing happening in our story that hasn t happened, or that couldn't happen somewhere."

The Inspiration

The Working Method

The Green Light

Shooting in Essex

The Casting

The Shooting Schedule

The Stunts

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