3 items from 2015
A&E to Premiere Three-Part Miniseries The Enfield Haunting on Oct 9 A&E Network presents the supernatural thriller The Enfield Haunting, a dramatization of the terrifying real-life events that took place in a seemingly ordinary home in northern London during the fall of 1977. Written by Joshua St. Johnston (Walking on Sunshine, Sweeney Todd) and directed…
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- Max Evry
The Kindness of Stranglers: Norris Mounts Film Version of Macabre Musical
Those familiar with the infamous 2011 musical London Road should be pleased with this equally offbeat cinematic adaptation from originating director Rufus Norris of the critically acclaimed National Theater Production. Described as a verbatim musical, riffing on and implementing actual news sources and sound bites pertaining to the 2006 to 2008 infamous ‘Suffolk Strangler’ murders in Ipswich, the result is a polished, nicely choreographed and strangely offbeat film, comparable to the YouTube remixes of various viral news items. Told almost entirely from the perspective of the harried, ‘respectable’ denizens of the titular area, it’s easy to see why the sensationalized case provides such intriguing fodder for this modern case study of privilege and the resulting sense of community grotesquely united together in the aftermath of these grisly events.
A majority of the film is crafted from the actual residents of London Road, »
- Nicholas Bell
The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.
“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »
- Guy Lodge
3 items from 2015