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LONDON TO BRIGHTON: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
It's 3:07am and two girls burst into a run down London toilet. The younger, Joanne (Georgia Groome) is crying her eyes out and her clothing is ripped. Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) has a swollen black eye. Duncan Allen (Alexander Morton) lies in his bathroom bleeding to death. Duncan's son, Stuart Allen (Sam Spruell), has found his father and wants answers; who did it and where are they. Derek (Johnny Harris), Kelly's pimp, needs to find Kelly and Joanne or Stuart will kill him. Kelly and Joanne scarper on a train to Brighton to hide out with Kelly's friend Karen (Chloe Bale). But Derek is desperate to find them to save his own skin.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
It's a chase movie and the tension never lets up. Paul Andrew Williams' well observed gritty thriller differs from most British crime films in that the setting isn't the usual dour and brutal crims but a small time pimp (also capable of brutality, by the way) who procures very young girls for one particular wealthy client. In this case, things go badly wrong and the client's son finds his father in a pool of his own blood - and he wants revenge.

But Williams structures his film so that it isn't quite linear; we see the immediate aftermath first, and slowly piece together the sequence of events once we learn more about the characters who stumble through this story. The grotty world of the gutter and the seedy life of the rich come crashing together; you could easily spend a few coffees discussing the socio-political subtext, but essentially it's about some of the many weaknesses that humans display.

Outstanding performances from the entire cast make the film chilling and compelling as the son's cold-hearted retribution for his father's death takes deadly shape.
Technically accomplished, the film is endowed with a strong score and a bitter sweet ending.

Published: April 24, 2008

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Mixed: 0

LONDON TO BRIGHTON: DVD (R)
(UK, 2006)

CAST: Lorraine Stanley, Johnny Harris, Georgia Groome, Sam Spruell, Alexander Morton, Nathan Constance, Claudie Blakely, Jamie Kenna, David Keeling, Jack Deam, Chloe Bale

PRODUCER: Ken Marshall, Rachel Robey, Paul Andrew Williams

DIRECTOR: Paul Andrew Williams

SCRIPT: Paul Andrew Williams

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Christopher Ross

EDITOR: Tom Hemmings

MUSIC: Laura Rossi

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jane Levick

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

PRESENTATION: 2.35:1 anamorphic; DD 5.1, 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Georgia Groom Audition, Q&A, Behind the Scenes featurette, Director's Commentary

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Siren Visual

DVD RELEASE: April 10, 2008







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