FILM: The Fall of the Essex Boys (18)

Paul Tanter directs this gritty drama charting the rise and violent fall of the notorious Essex Boys, who became one of the most feared criminal gangs in British history.

This reign of terror hit the headlines in December 1995 when the bodies of Craig Rolfe, Patrick Tate and Tony Tucker were discovered in a Range Rover on a remote Essex country lane.

Tanter relives the exploits of Rolfe (Simon Phillips), Tate (Peter Barrett) and Tucker (Jay Brown) in blood-spattered close-up as police hunt down the gang and decide to play off different factions of the criminal fraternity against each other.

Violence escalates culminating in the murders in Rettendon, which were previously dramatised in Terry Winsor’s film Essex Boys.

Released: February 8 (UK, selected cinemas), 87 mins