Top positive review
Brilliant, really enjoyed this.
on 21 October 2015
I really enjoyed this film, originally a BBC Drama. It is a 2 DVD set running for 233 minutes and captivating all the way through. Set in the 1960s it is loosely based on life and events in that decade. A 'long firm' is a fraud that uses a trading company set up for fraudulent purposes; the basic operation is to run the company as an apparently legitimate business by buying goods and paying suppliers promptly to secure a good credit record, then screwing suppliers and departing with the money. They then set up again under another name and this firm is run by Harry Starks (Mark Strong) who also happens to be gay. He also owns a London nightclub funded from the proceeds of the 'long firm'. Another key part is that of Lord Edward Thursby (Derek Jacobi) also gay, and set up wickedly by Harry Starks who has him eating out of his hand having stitched him up with gay guys and taken photos of them, then blackmailing him to do exactly as he is told in high places. At times it is hilarious and I couldn't stop laughing. It does bring to life the atmosphere of the London scene in the 1960s more so than most films I have seen set in this decade. There is an interesting scene in which Harry Starks books Judy Garland (played superbly by Tracie Bennett) to appear at his club. There are many twists and turns in the plot. Great entertainment.