It sounds in the poorest of taste: a musical about the five women who were murdered while working as prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006.
Yet London Road is really about the community turned upside down by their horrific deaths, and became an award-wining hit for the National Theatre in 2011. Now it’s been turned into a film starring Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy and Anita Dobson.
Like the stage show, it’s set in and around the street where the victims solicited, and chronicles the murders and subsequent trial of killer Steve Wright from the perspective of locals. The lines and lyrics are all verbatim quotes from interviews conducted with the real residents of London Road, prostitutes and reporters.
Colman plays the organiser of Ipswich’s Neighbourhood Watch, while Hardy plays a taxi driver and stays quiet in this trailer:
The film is directed by Rufus Norris, who also helmed the original National Theatre production, and is mostly performed by the original cast.
London Road is released in UK cinemas on 12th June