London to Brighton
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Kelly (Lorraine Stanley), a desperate prostitute, is bullied by her pimp into finding an underage girl for the sadistic pleasure of a ruthless mobster. She discovers Joanne (Georgia Groome), a 12-year-old runaway, who naively complies. But when the pedophile turns violent, Kelly intervenes and everything goes horribly wrong. Now the two girls are on the run, and innocence has nowhere to hide…
A startling debut from British writer-director Paul Andrew Williams, London To Brighton is the critically acclaimed urban thriller that has been called one of the most important British films of the new millennium. Violent, uncompromising and utterly enthralling, it features an excellent cast, razor sharp dialogue and an edge-of-your-seat, heart pounding climax.
BONUS FEATURES: Deleted Scenes/Alternate Ending,
Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Commentary with director Paul Andrew Williams
Top Customer Reviews
The supplements are lengthy and include:
* 8 minute making of, very logistical, non-narrated
* 24 minute Q&A session of the crew at a panel-like setting/screening
* 3.5 minute audition recording for one of the ladies
* 8.5 minutes of deleted scenes, extremely low quality, not worthy
* 1 minute alternate ending, would have been way too heartless to leave in
* 1 minute of outtakes - not even watchable, skip it
Not for the light hearted rental evening, but worth your time.
It's the early hours of the morning and a 12 year old girl called Joanne played by an amazing Georgia Groome and a jaded prostitute Kelly, an understated Loraine Stanley are huddling together in a London toilet, Kelly's face look like it has been put through a compactor and Joanne's clothes are ripped and torn. Told in flash backs mainly from the points of view of Kelly and Joanne, the plot follows a trail that leads back to a scene of carnage where both child and prostitute have played a part in the brutal stabbing of a man.
But this is no ordinary man who has been stabbed, (who would have thought that Golly from Monarch of the Glen could play such a gross character so well!) for starters he has a liking for little girls, he also has a son Stuart, played with delicious violence by Sam Spruell who is a violent gangster and who wants some answers and he wants them now so the Kelly and Joanne are on the run but they have no real idea what they can do to ensure their safety so they leg it to Brighton and in doing so forge a relationship that will bind them together through the most terrible of times that have yet to come.
Hunted down by Kelly's psychotic and cowardly pimp Derek on behalf of Stuart, you know it is only a matter of time before Kelly and Joanne are captured, stuffed in the boot of a car and made to come face to face with Stuart in a remote field were Derek and his friend are made to dig a grave which at first we all think is for Joanne and Kelly.
What happens next is as shocking as it is exhilarating and it is well worth seeing just for the end ten minutes of the movie.
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And not only that, but the acting is so good that it isn't even acting. Sam Spruell was one of the most understated gangsters i have ever seen on screen, and he made me as nervous as Javier Bardem's cattleprod-bearing psycho did in "No Country for Old Men". The ending wrapped things up in a completely schizophrenic way that I don't think I could have possibly seen coming. I can't say it is one of my favorite films. It simply takes too much out of you, and is so bleak and horrifying that it is best rewatched only to give others the benefit of seeing it for the first time. But it is a masterpiece.
Were it possible, I would have given it 3.5 stars.
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