London Road (film)

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London Road
London Road poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRufus Norris
Produced byDixie Linder
Screenplay by
Based onLondon Road
by Alecky Blythe
and Adam Cork
Music byAdam Cork
CinematographyDanny Cohen
Edited byJohn Wilson
Distributed byPicturehouse Entertainment
Release date
  • 12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£216,000[2]

London Road is a 2015 British musical mystery crime drama film directed by Rufus Norris and written by Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe based on their National Theatre musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the interviews about the Steve Wright killings. The film stars Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, and Tom Hardy.

The film was selected to be shown in the City to City section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]



The film was shot in Bexley in London. A number of cast members from the original production reprise their roles in the film, including Fleetwood, Burt, Moore, Shaeffer, Thornley, Fowler, and Holder.


The live film premiere was screened in cinemas across the UK as part of National Theatre Live on 9 June 2015 and was released on 12 June 2015.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

London Road received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports 76% of 67 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Equal parts enthralling and unsettling, London Road uses an unusual documentary/musical hybrid to tell a grim true-life tale."[5]


The film's choreographer, Javier de Frutos, was nominated for and won the 2017 Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Feature Film, beating fellow nominees Beauty and the Beast and La La Land. The film was nominated for two awards at the London Film Critics Circle Awards 2015 and won one:

  • British Film of the Year; lost to 45 Years


  1. ^ "LONDON ROAD (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Jurassic World success drives monster audiences before Spectre and Star Wars". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  4. ^ Seymour, Tom (9 June 2015). "London Road: unlike any serial killer film you've seen before". the Guardian.
  5. ^ "London Road (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

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