London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.Written by
Cast member Anita Dobson was appearing in a Christmas pantomime in Ipswich when the murders were taking place. She recalled the deserted streets, and the theater hiring taxis to take the chorus girls home safely. She remembered how difficult it was to get people to come out to see a happy Christmas show while the town was gripped with fear. See more »
Selections from the original interviews and broadcasts are heard over the initial credits. See more »
Another reviewer referred to this as "astonishing." I suppose that can be taken several ways.
When I decided to watch this film I missed "musical" in the description and mistakenly assumed it was a murder docu-drama, rather than a crime docu-songfest.
I guess it could be described as innovative. It is allegedly based on a real event, the real words of those in the community, the reactions/implications of & for those in the locale affected by the murders and the subsequent investigations. As we are told repeatedly, people became suspicious of one another.
The question remains, is all of this something to sing about. The medium is the message or at least it influences how one feels about it all. For me it just seemed tedious and rather bizarre.
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