London Road

London Road

Rufus Norris (2014)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
As a theatre piece, London Road was extraordinary enough, a "verbatim" musical drama based on the exact words of Ipswich locals from interviews conducted in the run-up to the arrest and conviction of Steve Wright, the serial killer who murdered six women in 2006 and was convicted in 2008. Wright doesn't figure much in either the play or this big-screen adaptation. Rufus Norris's equally unique film is about the effect his crimes had on a normal suburban street. Trading up from the stage version, the movie benefits from well-known names, notably Olivia Colman as Julie, the woman who unites the local residents. And in the film's only concession to commercialism, Taboo star Tom Hardy appears as a paranoid taxi driver, the physical representation of the fact that in this place where every woman is a potential victim, every man is a suspect. Not all the songs work, but when they do, they chill the spine and reinforce the mood of this powerful story about ordinary people who no longer wish to live with darkness.

Summary

Fact-based musical, exploring the murders of five women in Ipswich in 2006, and the subsequent conviction of local man Steve Wright for the crimes. The film takes personal accounts of the victims, the murders and the aftermath from people living in the area and sets their exact words to music. Starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.

Cast & Crew

Julie Olivia Colman
Dodge Paul Thornley
Ron Nick Holder
Mark the taxi driver Tom Hardy
Helen Linzi Hateley
Rosemary Nicola Sloane
Gordon Duncan Wisbey
Simon Newton Michael Shaeffer
Jan Clare Burt
June Anita Dobson
Vicky Kate Fleetwood
Alec Calvin Demba
Schoolgirl Eloise Laurence
Colette McBeth Gillian Bevan
Councillor Carol Claire Moore
Director Rufus Norris
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PicturehouseGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes. Available on: DVDReleased on: 12 Jun 2015
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