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London To Brighton [DVD] [2006]

4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Lorraine Stanley, Johnny Harris, Georgia Groome, Sam Spruell, Alexander Morton
  • Directors: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Writers: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6SPJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Award-winning urban thriller by British writer-director Paul Andrew Williams. It's 3:07am and two girls burst into a run-down toilet. Joanne (Georgia Groome) is crying her eyes out and her clothing is ripped. Kelly's (Lorraine Stanley) face is bruised and starting to swell. Duncan Allen (Alexander Morton) lies in his bathroom bleeding to death. Duncan's son, Stuart (Sam Spruell), has found his father and wants answers. Derek (Johnny Harris), Kelly's pimp, needs to find Kelly or it will be him who pays. Can Kelly and Joanne get through the next 24 hours alive?

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2006 proved to be an impressive year for British cinema, but London To Brighton, in spite of being one of the most deserving of acclaim, slipped off most people’s radar.

A drama set around London’s underworld, and attempts to escape it, London To Brighton tells the story of a twelve year old runaway girl, Joanne, and Kelly, a prostitute. Their attempts to get out of London aren’t straightforward, not least because of who’s on their tail, and the result is a compelling, tightly-written movie, and as good as anything Britain produced for the big screen in 2006.

London To Brighton is a mixture of thriller and drama, very gritty, not always easy to watch, and resolute in pulling its many punches. Written and directed with care by Paul Andrew Williams, perhaps his wisest move was casting the simply superb Lorraine Stanley as Kelly, and her compelling performance lends an added magnetism to an already-taut piece of cinema.

In many ways working as well on DVD as it did on the big screen, London To Brighton is a challenging, bold and strong film. It’s not perhaps the perfect tonic for a quiet night in, but it’s likely to stay in your head for a good deal longer than another homogenous romcom. --Jon Foster

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A friend of mine believes that the less money it appears has been spent on a movie, the grittier it seems to be. If that's the case, the London to Brighton must have cost next to nothing to make.
The film deals with Kelly (Lorraine Stanley) and Joanne (Georgia Groome). When we first meet them, its 3:07 AM and the two girls burst into a rundown toilet in London. Joanne is crying and her clothing is ripped, whilst Kelly looks like she has been on the wrong end of someone's fist. From there on the two girls desperately try to stay one step ahead of the forces that are after them as Kelly, the older of the pair, tries to find a way out of the mess that they have gotten themselves into. To say too much about what they have done and who is after them would spoil the viewer's enjoyment and appreciation of what must be the best British film in ages, but suffice to say that they have to get out of London quick. Of course, their attempts are not that straightforward, and it is never a certainty that they are going to make it at all.
Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams, this is a tough, gritty and no nonsense piece of cinema, never afraid to show the truth behind a life on the street, whether a runaway like Joanne or a prostitute like Kelly, or the difficulty and dangers of trying to leave such a life behind, and as a result of this it will not be to everyone's taste. Some scenes are almost to distressing to watch, and the film is absolutely resolute in its desire never to pull a single punch, leaving the viewer rewarded but exhausted by the end of the film.
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It' three in the morning, a prostitute called Kelly with ripped clothes and inflamed black eye bustles a terrified 12 year old girl into a public toilet somewhere in South London,they are fleeing from someone and decide to get the next train to Brighton.As the film progresses we slowly learn what has happened via a series of flashbacks, and it's a very harrowing subject.

I have to admit I was blown away by this 'little' film, yes the subject is deeply unpleasant, but it is handled maturely, there are no 'Lock Stock' style bad guys in this film, just ordinary people, some good, but a lot of very very sadistic violent characters.You really care for the characters which is the most important essence of any film, the acting is superb, especially Lorraine Stanley as Kelly and newcomer, Georgie Groome who is barely a teenager and puts in a stunning performance as the terrified youngster Joanne.

This is a quite brilliant debut from a young film-maker, Paul Andrew Williams, he recently quite rightly won a best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and for me it's one of the best British movies I've ever seen, and the best I can remember recently since "Dead Man's Shoes".
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This film is a gritty urban drama about what can happen to you when your life doesn't go to plan. The prostitue who orginally picks up a homeless 12 year old girl, to pimp her finds herself escaping to Brighton to save both their lives. The acting is brillant and well scripted. An un discovered british gem which needs to be watched by all.
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Watched this a couple of hours ago & have to say that I was very impressed with this low-budget British thriller. Low-budget does not neccessarily equate with poorly-made, as this gripping film proves.
Don't go into this expecting anything less than harrowing as the story concentrates on a London prostitute & a 12 year old runaway and their escape from London after a violent incident. They are traced to Brighton by the prostitute's pimp, who is under orders from a gangster-type & - well, it's best to let you watch it, really.
All the acting was great, especially from the young girl, who puts in a very mature & believeable performance. The only criticism I could give this film is that the gangster is a bit on the cliched side & I had an inkling how the story would end.
Overall, this was really impressive & I enjoyed it very much.
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By Fay on 29 Sept. 2015
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Arrived safely and is as I expected.
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This film pulls you straight into its world, which is the grim and brutal.
The pace is pretty relentless, the two girls appear in a toilet one with a black eye and both in trouble and decide to escape once Joanne has earned enough for their fare prostituting herself.
To say much more would be to give away the plot, but this is the kind of film that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and actually gets inside your head for the next few days. The only problem is that the world of pimps, prostitutes, clients and gangsters isn't really the kind of place you want to be caught up in!
The performances are all there, there isn't a weak performance in the whole film and everyone is believable if pretty weak willed or just plain nasty.
The only slight problem is the ending is possibly slightly predictable and a bit unlikely, it's well worth a look but it's not an easy film to watch.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2007
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It's probable that the sea of critical praise greeting London to Brighton has more to do with the `Shock! Horror! British film not ***t!' factor than any signs of greatness, but it has to be said that at a time when most British debut features aren't even fit for the 3am graveyard slot on TV, this is more than just a pretty decent film. There's not much to it and you can see the ending coming a mile off, but it is extremely well made and acted - a simple tale well told that acts as a good calling card for all concerned and is refreshingly free of the Guy Ritchieisms that plague crime films these days. The characters are, for the most part believable and it is a proper movie rather than a digital mishmash - surprisingly it was not only shot on film, but in Scope too. It's real problem is that it's probably missed its time by about 25 years: this is the kind of film that once upon a time would have found an audience as a supporting feature rather than one people are likely to pay full price to see as a main feature. But I certainly didn't feel cheated by it, and that's an increasing rarity with no-budget films these days. And, unlike most British films - low budget or otherwise - it has a good package of DVD extras too.
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