LONDON TO BRIGHTON is a gritty and unflinching drama about the lowlifes and criminals that inhabit Londons seedy underworld. The film opens on a rundown public toilet somewhere in South London where a prostitute tries to console a visibly distraught 11-year old girl. As the story unfolds in flashback we learn more about these characters their wounds and how they came to be in their current predicaments. Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) is a beat-up prostitute trying to escape her controlling pimp. While her motives for helping Joanne (Georgia Groome) seem genuine at first things soon turn ugly when an encounter with a male client leads to murder. Cut to the present day and Kelly and Joanne are on the run from the nefarious thugs out to do them harm and from their own demons. Boarding a train from London to Brighton seems like their only hope but ends up being a journey of self-discovery as the mother-daughter-like bond between them grows ever stronger. Winner of Best UK Feature at Raindance LONDON TO BRIGHTON has earned comparisons to Mike Leighs similarly-themed NAKED and Gary Oldmans NIL BY MOUTH. Director Paul Andrew Williams in his feature film debut has created a brutally realistic urban thriller a carefully measured character study and a razor-sharp if unpalatable social commentary that will stay with you long after the closing credits roll.
Director's commentary, Alternative ending, Deleted scenes, Georgia Groome audition tape, Short film - Royalty
Release Date: 30 April 2007
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
Probably realistic but thoroughly unpleasant
It's certainly well acted and you often have to think 'it's only a movie', but the non-stop swearing and violence against the young women involved does get wearing. Maybe that's the point.