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London to Brighton (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 December 2006 (UK)
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It's 3:07am and two girls burst into a run down London toilet. Joanne is crying her eyes out and her clothing is ripped. Kelly's face is bruised and starting to swell. Duncan Allen lies in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kelly
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Joanne
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Derek
Nathan Constance ...
Chum
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Stuart Allen
Alexander Morton ...
Duncan Allen
David Keeling ...
Charlie
Jamie Kenna ...
Tony
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Karen
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Tracey (as Claudie Blakely)
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Shane
Louise Appel ...
Debbie
Cat Meacher ...
Street Prostitute
Nick Ewans ...
Kerb Crawler in Car - Brighton
James Beirman ...
Kerb Crawler in Car - London
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It's 3:07am and two girls burst into a run down London toilet. Joanne is crying her eyes out and her clothing is ripped. Kelly's face is bruised and starting to swell. Duncan Allen lies in his bathroom bleeding to death. Duncan's son, Stuart, has found his father and wants answers. Derek, Kelly's pimp, needs to find Kelly or it will be him who pays. Kelly and Joanne need to get through the next 24 hours alive... Written by Vertigo Films

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Innocence has nowhere to hide

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and strong language | See all certifications »

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£500,000 (estimated)
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The main characters are from Paul Andrew Williams' short film Royalty (2001). Johnny Harris and Lorraine Stanley reprised their roles as Derek and Kelly, respectively, whilst Nathan Constance and Chloe Bale, who are both featured in the short, took new roles for this film. See more »

Goofs

There is no Stagecoach bus route from Brighton Station to Brighton beach. To make this journey by bus Kelly and Joanne would have had to get a Brighton & Hove bus. See more »

Connections

Remade as Train to Kandy (2012) See more »

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Moonlight Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2, First Movement
Performed by Jaromir Klepac
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Great British film
12 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being hailed by some as 'the best British film of the century' (Big Issue) and 'British cinema at its best' (The Scotsman) and on the back of several prestigious film award from festivals around the world 'London to Brighton' has a lot to live up to. It doesn't disappoint, dark, violent, gritty and bleak this is what Mike Leigh would be like if he did 18 certificate films with Shane Meadows as his assistant. From the opening sequence of the two main characters bursting battered and bruised into a public toilet it grips like a hand round the throat and only lets up to become uncomfortable, it is certainly an assault on the senses and sensibilities of the cinema audience who take this brutal journey along with the characters on screen. Shot on a relatively low budget but managing to not seem so, the films main tricks are in the editing, jump cuts and flashbacks only adding to the suspense as you begin to piece together the whole sordid story. With some superb acting from the cast, especially Joanne who portrays her vulnerability like Toby Kebbell did in 'Dead Mans Shoes', and a suitably dirty soundtrack the whole thing feels very British. It has the grainy look of 'Get Carter' mixed with the grey of any Ken Loach, the backdrops of dirty streets and dirtier walls only make scenes like the two polystyrene cups blowing in the wind (reminiscent of the carrier bag in 'American Beauty') all the more beautiful. There are of course other nods like a shot that lingers on a doorway for ages instead of showing us what's happening inside which reminded me of a similar shot in Hitchcock's film 'Frenzy'. Although not an easy watch it manages to balance the bloody with the beautiful, the violence with the unlikely friendship between the two main female leads and triumphs just as everyone says as one of the best British thrillers of recent years. London to Brighton deserves to be a huge hit, its bold, its brilliant and its British and it proves once again that we have a thriving film industry packed full of talented people that can still give Hollywood a run for it's money.


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