The British police called it ‘ram-raiding’. Teenage hooligans called it ‘shopping’. And audiences and critics worldwide called it one of the most shocking debuts of the decade: In a bleak near-future, charming ex-con Billy (Oscar® nominee Jude Law in his first movie role) and sexy girlfriend Jo (Sadie Frost of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) live for stealing fast cars, leading cops on high-speed chases, and crashing through posh store windows to steal everything they can grab. But when the law and a rival gang both vow to end their spree, can Billy and Jo pull off one final raid before their world comes crashing down? Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), Jonathan Pryce (Brazil), Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) and ‘60s icon Marianne Faithful star in this reckless orgy of destruction – censored for 15+ years by British authorities – from writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien Vs. Predator, Death Race, Resident Evil: Afterlife) that hotwired the U.K. crime-movie explosion of the late ‘90s. –Severin Films
Anderson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Educated at Newlands Preparatory School, Gosforth and later at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School, Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Warwick as the youngest student to achieve a BA in Film & Literature. He made his debut as the writer-director of Shopping, which starred Sean Pertwee, Jude Law and Sadie Frost as thieves who smashed cars into storefronts. When released in the United Kingdom it was banned in some cinemas, and only gained a release in the United States as an edited, direct to video release.
After this, he directed the successful 1995 video game adaptation Mortal Kombat. While prior video game movies, like Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros., had been all-out disasters, Mortal Kombat was well received by fans, and some critics. He declined to direct the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was not well received by critics or fans. Anderson was asked to direct a third movie, Mortal Kombat… read more