Writer Rowan Joffe (THE AMERICAN) makes his feature film directorial debut with this searing adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. BRIGHTON ROCK follows psychotic gang leader Pinkie (Sam Riley – FRANKLYN) and focuses on his power struggles with local rivals and cruel manipulation of those closest to him. Updating the version made previously by John Boutling in 1947 (in which Richard Attenborough starred as Pinkie), Joffe's film transposes the story to the 1960s, at the height of the Mods and Rockers scene (epitomised in QUADROPHENIA). The shift in timeframe gives the film an historic context and authenticity that adds interesting layers to Greene's prose, which is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. Riley, who is best known for his turn as Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in CONTROL, gives another astonishing performance as the psychologically complex Pinkie and he's ably supported by a host of British talent that includes Andrea Riseborough (NEVER LET ME GO).
• Commentary with Director Rowan Joffe and Editor Joe Walker
• Cast and Crew Interviews
• Mod or Rocker Featurette
• Anatomy of a Scene - The Making of the Record
• Reflections on the Boulting’s Brighton Rock
• Alternative Opening Sequence Storyboard
• Mods and Rockers (1964) - short film Directed by Kenneth Hume
Release Date: 20 June 2011
Certificate: TBA - To Be Announced
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Remake of the 1947 classic
It's rare for a classic movie to be remade successfully, but this is definitely a good film in its own right. Maybe because they didn't redo the thirties based original. This time it's sixties mods and rockers and sadly reminds us that violence was on the increase even then. This isn't Quadrophenia, it's gangland Brighton in 1964 and a good film it is too.