New film aims to reveal '˜the nature of the beast'

The Beast of Bolsover is about to become a box office star '“ by appearing in a new film about the his extraordinary life.

Friday, 8th September 2017, 6:35 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:43 pm
The official film poster for the feature length documentary. Image: Shut out the Light.

Nature of the Beast is a documentary about the Bolsover MP made by filmmaker Dan Draper using £20,000 raised using the Kickstarter online fundraising tool.

Dan, 30, from Liverpool, first contacted the veteran Labour firebrand in December 2014 and finished the film earlier this year.

He said: “We made a conscious decision to make the film about Dennis and what he represents rather than any current political events that could date it.

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Dennis Skinner in the House of Commons.

“What he represents is the working class fight. I am working class myself and I am glad he is there to represent the people who voted for him.”

Dan admits there was some trepidation when approaching such a fearsome figure, but says that he found him to be ‘a really lovely man’.

He said: “I think a lot of people get a false impression of what he is really like.

“I have made films with musicians before and they are a nightmare. He doesn’t mince his words but he is just a normal man.”

The film also includes interviews with Dennis’ four brothers about what he was like growing up and a number of interviews with his constituents.

“They don’t see him as this left-wing rebel – they just see him as one of them,” said Dan.

The film premieres at the Derby Quad on Friday, September 8 before touring the country over the next two months.

If you would to arrange a screening of Nature of the Beast, email [email protected]

Dennis Skinner in the House of Commons.