Upminster’s Danny Donnelly gets Sir Geoff to make acting debut

PUBLISHED: 13:53 26 January 2012 | UPDATED: 13:53 26 January 2012

Danny Donnelly left with Sir Geoff Hurst MBE who will be making his acting debut in the movie

Danny Donnelly left with Sir Geoff Hurst MBE who will be making his acting debut in the movie


Danny Donnelly is the founder and music executive of the UK’s biggest dance brand record label Pure Music, yet he goes relatively unnoticed in his hometown of Upminster.

However, you won’t hear him complaining. He said: “It is nice to be anonymous and it is good that I have 50 gold platinum discs but can walk down the streets and no one will stop me.”

Quiet life

But Danny, who is famous for his compilation CDs Pure Garage and Pure Dubstep which spent six weeks in the official UK top 10 charts, might be about to lose his quiet life as he prepares to ­release his first movie.

Payback Season is a football film which features Bafta-nominated Adam Deacon and West Ham and World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst, who will be making his acting debut.

The film will come out of Pure Music’s production arm, which Danny set up a year ago.

He said: “I have achieved a lot in music and I have over 50 gold platinum discs so I have done my time in the ­industry and was looking for new challenges so I thought I would try my hand at ­movies.

“I have pulled in a few ­favours from people, but ­directing a movie is not as different from compiling a CD as people might think.”

The story follows Jerome Davies, a young man who has beaten all odds to escape the council estate he grew up on and make something of his life as a professional footballer.

Out of control

However, close encounters with old friends on the estate where his mother and younger brother still live cause ­Jerome’s life to spiral out of control.

With a top cast and a ­release date set for March, the film is looking like it might be on the road to being ­another ­success for Danny, but he is not letting it get to his head.

He said: “I am excited but I don’t want to be arrogant.

“It feels like I have got something right, but I don’t want to say that it is going to be a classic film.

“I hope people find it entertaining and they enjoy watching it.”

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