26 May 2014

London to Brighton

London to Brighton 2006
  • Director: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Based on a novel: no
  • Cast: Lorraine Stanley, Georgia Groome, Johnny Harris, Sam Spruell, Alexander Morton
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Harris  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Atonement
    • Sam Spruell – Defiance, Elizabeth the Golden Age
    • Alexander Morton – Croupier
  • Why? Recommended by friend LW. After unsuccessful attempts to order it on the net, I found it in a book/DVD box outside a private home in a quiet residential area on our way home from YW’s last week after a read-book-see-film session.  The price: 20 kronor (about £2) to be put in the letter box. Thank you, unknown person! I hope you found the money.
  • Seen:  May 23, 2014.
 When LW had watched Parked on my recommendation (and liked it very much; see her comment on http://rubyjandsmovieblog.blogspot.se/2013/11/parked.html ) she said it reminded her of this, though they’re not much alike.
No, they’re not but I see what she means. This one too is about society’s losers. Here too there is unlikely friendship. And hopelessness. And violence and death.
Kelly is a hooker whose pimp Derek pressures her – pressured himself – into picking up an eleven-year-old runaway, Joanne, and bring her to a rich pedophile. When this encounter ends in violence the client’s son demands revenge. Kelly and Joanne flee to Brighton but Derek is forced to hunt them down.
Parked is very sad because Colin Morgan’s character Cathal is so likeable and doomed. London to Brighton is even grimmer because there are essentially no lighter moments or humour.  Even the relatively happy ending is grim.
Though nobody can match Colin Morgan, the acting here is very strong indeed with young Georgie Groome (she was fourteen at the time the film was made) as Joanne standing out among a cast of strong and complex characters.
Thank you, LW. I’m passing on your recommendation.

4 ½ * of 5

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