• Marc Luther Thomas


Filming will start on a biopic about local man James SHINNy Davenport called The Making Of An Addict in Salford this weekend.

Shooting starts on Friday to produce a teaser for the upcoming movie, which follows SHINNy’s life from a youngster on the streets of Manchester to playing for Leeds Rhinos, featuring on the undercard for Joe Calzaghe as a professional boxer and being the lead singer of HANKy PARK before struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Today, SHINNy helps thousands of people come to terms with their own addictions through his twice-weekly Facebook Live shows and daily Instagram stories. On Facebook alone, he reaches more than two million people per month as he talks frankly about his addiction on his SHINNy and SHINNySHOwLIVe pages. This work enticed interest from director Chris Green, who is now making a movie about his eclectic life.

James SHINNY Davenport said: ‘This movie is going to help break the stigma around addiction and recovery. I want this film to help others face their demons and overcome their disease of addiction. It’s an illness that affects hundreds-of-thousands of people in the country. Through my social media channels, I’m helping people face their addictions each day and I hope this film will help others understand what it means to be an addict.’

The film is being written and directed by the award-winning Green, who has been in the business for more than 18 years since coming runner-up in the prestigious Northern Soul new writers competition. His first feature film, Best Laid Plans, starred Maxine Peake and Stephen Graham and was released in the UK by Sony. His latest film, Strangeways Here We Come, starred Michelle Keegan in her first film role as well as Bafta winners Lauren Socha and Chanel Cresswell. Chris has also written for Channel 4 teen drama Hollyoaks.

Chris Green said: ‘I’m privileged to work on this film with James. He’s an inspiration to many across the globe thanks to his Facebook Live shows. He’s recognised daily for his ground-breaking work in helping people face their demons due to the frank and honest approach he takes to facing his own addiction. He’s also lived an incredible life and I’m hugely excited to be able to put that into film.’

Filming for The Making Of An Addict starts on Friday 22 March in Salford and will continue on Saturday 23 March at Longworthy Cornerstone.

Editor’s Notes

James SHINNy Davenport

James Davenport (aka SHINNy) is a former professional boxer, Rugby-League player, lead singer of HANKy PARK and solo artist. After struggling with addiction he now breaks the stigma attached to recovery and helps thousands of others face their demons on a daily basis. 

SHINNy represented Leeds Rhinos and his hometown club Salford Reds. After a career in rugby, he became a professional boxer. In his final bout, SHINNy boxed at the MEN Arena on the undercard of the legendary Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy bout. After his retirement from professional sport, he dedicated more time to his band HANKy PARK. They released three albums and supported Manchester legends New Order on four separate occasions. However, during this period, SHINNy was struggling with drink and drug dependency.

SHINNy went into recovery at Smithfield Detox Clinic in Manchester. It was here that he decided to write a song inspired by the times that he had ruined Christmas. He started an online group and used it promote the single. SHINNy was surprised by the popularity of the group (over 110,000 members). He labelled the broadcasts the SHINNySHOwLIVe. The channel offered a unique insight into a growing operation and had a decent sideline in random acts of silliness. However, there was also a poignant aspect to the material, as he openly talked about his sobriety and recovery from substance abuse. SHINNy went on to complete a training course with Smithfield Detox Clinic to become a mentor.

In 2016, SHINNy released a solo Christmas single Christmas Number 1. The single was supported with a huge campaign endorsed by countless celebrities including Vic Reeves, Jeremy Kyle and Will Mellor. SHINNy performed the single at the MEN Arena as part of KEY 103’s festive show. He opened a bill that also featured Robbie Williams, Busted and The Vamps. Interestingly, he is the only person to appear at the venue as both a musician and boxer. 

The video for the Christmas Number 1 was produced by renowned film and TV director Chris Green. It proved to be incredibly popular and featured Bez, Tina Malone, Jody Latham and stars from Hollyoaks. Despite receiving limited airplay, the single peaked at number 24 in the run up to Christmas. Twenty per cent of the proceeds were donated to MacMillan.

SHINNy now uses his online group to host a bi-weekly shows dedicated to recovery, anxiety and depression. Through his daily instagram stories, he helps thousands face their addiction and supports tens of thousands through his Facebook Live shows. Through these channels he's breaking the stigma associated with recovery and making #RECOVERyTHENEWCOOL.