London Road (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rufus Norris|
|Produced by||Dixie Linder|
|Based on||London Road|
by Alecky Blythe
and Adam Cork
|Music by||Adam Cork|
|Edited by||John Wilson|
|Distributed by||Picturehouse Entertainment|
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.
- Olivia Colman as Julie
- Anita Dobson as June
- Tom Hardy as Mark
- Kate Fleetwood as Vicky
- Clare Burt as Jan
- Claire Moore as Councillor Carole
- Janet Henfrey as Ivy
- Paul Thornley as Dodge
- Jenny Galloway as Margaret
- Anna Hale as Jessica
- Gillian Bevan as Colette McBeth
- Michael Shaeffer as Simon Newton
- James Doherty as Seb
- Nick Holder as Ron
- Mark Sheals as Wayne
- Hal Fowler as David Crabtree
- Linzi Hateley as Helen
- Alecky Blythe as BBC newsreader
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.
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."
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 Actor of the Year - Tom Hardy (shared with his roles in, Legend, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Revenant)
- British Film of the Year; lost to 45 Years
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