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London Road (2015)

TV-14 | | Musical, Mystery, Thriller | 12 June 2015 (UK)
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When five prostitutes are found dead in their community, residents of London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk come together to process the events and revitalize the community.

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Rufus Norris

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Alecky Blythe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Colman ... Julie
Clare Burt Clare Burt ... Sue
Rosalie Craig Rosalie Craig ... Kelly McCormack
Anita Dobson ... June
James Doherty ... Seb
Kate Fleetwood ... Vicky
Hal Fowler ... David Crabtree
Linzi Hateley ... Helen
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Tim
Nick Holder ... Ron
Claire Moore Claire Moore ... Counciller Carole
Michael Shaeffer ... Simon Newton
Nicola Sloane ... Rosemary
Paul Thornley ... Dodge
Howard Ward Howard Ward ... Terry
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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 Protagonist Pictures

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Лондонская дорога See more »

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BBC Films, Cuba Pictures See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Parts of London Road was filmed down an alley way in Belvedere Kent, England See more »

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Featured in London Road: Behind the Scenes (2015) See more »

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Everyone Is Very Very Nervous
Music by Adam Cork
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A Nicely Acted And Well Shot Musical... That Falls Flat Musically.
22 June 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

This musical is based on the National Theatre stage production which is based on actual events that took place in London Road Ipswich.

In 2006, London Road had a problem with prostitutes who had moved into their street. Not only were the working girls touting for business but they were having sex in view of the residents. Then five of the women's bodies were found and one of their neighbours was charged and convicted of the offence. This is the story of the residents' thoughts and feelings during the incident and their attempt to recover from the stigmatism which was caused.

Musicals aren't my favourite type of movie though I did like the classics. Though the music and songs are more contemporary in this film. Unfortunately, it's that same music and songs that injure the film. I liked the idea of the songs encompassing and including the tenants' actual comments, however, there just isn't enough of them and the lyrics end up being repeated too much. This repetition is very annoying and nearly had me turning it off a couple of times. It would have been nice if Adam Cork, who composed the music, had spread his wings a little more as most of the songs are very similar and add to the monotonous feel.

Luckily the filming by director Rufus Norris is interesting and well crafted to suit the music and songs, as well as the narrative when you have the residents speaking. It's also these acting sequences that hold the film together as the are very well skilled at their craft. It's these elements and not the musical ones that make you relate to the characters and understand just what they were going through.

If it hadn't been a musical then I believe this would have been a much greater film.

If you like contemporary musicals this may be for you. If you're thinking about watching this for members of the cast - Olivia Coleman or Tom Hardy, be aware that they are not in this film for long. In fact, none of the cast is, and I like the movie more because of this. Each actors playing the residents appear to have the same screen time. Though, if you're a studying filmmaker or you're just interested in well-made and shot movies then I'd recommend this for you.


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