London to Brighton

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  • Summary: From the moment the film begins, the chase is on. London, 3:07am: Kelly, whose eye is badly beaten, and Joanne momentarily hide out in a public restroom waiting for the next train to Brighton. How these two girls met and why they are running for their lives is told in a series of flashbacksFrom the moment the film begins, the chase is on. London, 3:07am: Kelly, whose eye is badly beaten, and Joanne momentarily hide out in a public restroom waiting for the next train to Brighton. How these two girls met and why they are running for their lives is told in a series of flashbacks as they make their way to what they hope is a safe house by the beach.
    But they aren’t the only ones whose lives are in danger as Kelly’s pimp Derek has 24 hours to
    find the girls or else an unhappy client will kill him.
    Where can you go when innocence has nowhere to hide? The answer lies somewhere between
    London to Brighton. (Outsider Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Very good but very grim, Paul Andrew Williams' punishing debut doesn't pull many punches - although the characters certainly field their share of body blows.
  2. Character-driven thriller, which plays out against a backdrop of desperation, self-loathing and grinding poverty.
  3. 63
    A chilling pulp movie told with a pavement-eye view of the dregs of humanity.
  4. Writer-director Paul Andrew Williams' unnecessarily hectic debut feature won several British film festival awards, no doubt for its bounty of low-budget stylized violence and blood, as well as its thing for prostitutes and runaways.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Does what it does well but too often seems a pointless exercise in British miserabilism crossed with a nasty gangster yarn.
  6. A slice of social realism, a wedge of naturalism, a symbolically freighted fairy tale -- at times, London to Brighton feels like all of these combined, which, before it all turns to mush, gives the film the aspect of a fascinating and ambitious pastiche. There’s something provocative about Mr. Williams’s attempt to join together so many conflicting, contradictory influences, even if in the end they manage only to cancel one another out.
  7. 40
    LTB offers a fresh (if grimy) contribution to kitchen-sink realism, but little to the tiresome persistence of vicious British gangster chic.
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