A Very British Gangster

Synopsis: A documentary about one of Britain's most dangerous crime families and introduces us to its magnetic, larger-than-life leader, Dominic Noonan (aka Lattlay Fottfoy).
Director(s): Donal MacIntyre
Production: Anywhere Road
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

This is Manchester.

By day, it's run by police.

By night, it's run by gangsters.

Manchester is where I was born,

where I live and where I'll die.

When I was doing the Hacienda door,

it was a tough door.

Different gangs... from Moss Side,

Cheetham Hill, Salford...

all turning up, all wanting

to come in for nothing.

So, me and this other lad that ran the door

said enough was enough.

Let's take the trouble to them.

And we did. Took it to them.


Tell me the story.

The Dog's Head.

That was the nickname

for the pub after that.

Everyone would say, "I'll meet you

down at The Dog's Head."

We just went to the pub.

He had a shotgun on him

and I had a machete.

And one of the gang lads' dog was about,

so I just chopped its head off

and carried it inside the pub

and put it on the pool table,

and more or less told them

and asked them

to stay away from the Hacienda,

or the next time it would be a human head.

And they never came back.

Dominic James Lattlay Fottfoy the First.

Many years ago,

my dad used to say to me,

"Look after those that look after you.

F*** off those that f*** off you."

So I changed it by that name

to Lattlay Fottfoy.

That's what the initials stand for.

Dominic, this is home?

This is all my kids.

These are my nephews,

godsons and cousins.

No one else will have them.

Have you seen the size of my fish tank?

Very expensive. See them?

They're very, very expensive, them.

This is Aiden, my godson.

Got his head flushed before.

- Didn't you, mate?

- This is Bugsy, my son.

Bugsy, who's your mom?


I love the kids coming round.

It reminds me of my little days

when I was a kid.

So is this the same madhouse

that you had growing up?

Yeah. It was mad.

We'd all bring our own friends home,

so you can imagine there'd be

40 or 50 people in the house.

They'd be upstairs and everywhere.

When the house went on fire,

the whole lot went through

all the ceiling, right up to the top.

So when you walked in,

you could see right to the top.

Is that my vest there?

It's dirty now, look.

They just stamped all over it.

So has it ever been used in anger?

I wear it when I'm on meetings.

Or when I go round my mum's for dinner.

When you were doing the armed robberies,

would you use the...

Yeah, I would put one on.

I always wore one.

But I don't do those things no more.

I've set up my own security firm,

Manchester Security.

A flourishing business.

Does that need a new wheel on it or what?

Does that need pumping up or a new wheel?

I must admit, it is my favorite vehicle.

Of all vehicles, I'd have that one.

My bus, my taxis... forget about it.

That's my favorite vehicle.

It brings back memories.

- Are you still up for business?

- If the right job came along, yeah.

- And have you been asked?

- I've been asked by many teams.

But I've knocked them back.

It's just not the right money

or I didn't like it.

It's a pity really, because one of them

I was offered on,

they got a lot of money out of it.

- Did they?

- I was devastated afterwards.

- You missed your chance?

- I did.

And every time you pass

one of these vehicles on the road,

do you get a bit of a...

- I get a hard-on.

- Do you?

I honestly get a hard-on.

Are you proud of your work

with the Prisoners' Liberation Army?

I was, yeah.

I was made up.

That we got our own back on them.

A sense of justice.

Have you seen them lights light up at night?

Have you not seen them?

Have you seen them?

I think they're solar power.

They light up and they flicker.

F***ing drives too fast.

I keep telling him, "Slow it down, man."

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