The release of Brighton Rock, the film remake of author Graham Greene’s famous novel is set to hit cinemas throughout the UK. The film stars Dame Helen Mirren as Ida, John Hurt as Phil Corkery, Andy Serkis as Mr. Colleoni, Sam Riley as Pinkie and Andrea Riseborough as Rose. In agreement with both the novel and the classic 1947 original film version, the films tells the story of gang boss Pinkie who marries Rose, a potential witness who happened to stumble upon the scene of one of his murders, to keep her from speaking out against him.
Rather than taking place in the 1930s as did the original novel and film, this version of Brighton Rock is set in the 1960s. Residents of Brighton and the South East may recognise several of the filming locations as actually being in nearby Eastbourne, especially scenes taking place on the seafront and the South Downs. Directors and producers felt Eastbourne’s seafront more similarly resembled 1960s Brighton. However, a careful eye will catch the following locations in Brighton as well: Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Racecourse, Brighton Station (film opening), Church Street and the Clock Tower, North Laine and The Lanes, Palace Pier, the Queens Road and The Star and Garter Pub (serving as Dr Brighton’s) in Little East Street.
Andrea Riseborough’s performance as Rose has been lauded as the key performance of her career. Helen Mirren’s Ida, Rose’s boss who attempts to steer her in the right direction before Rose’s life turns for the worse, perfectly counters the destructiveness of Rose with maturity, sanity, and poise. Oscar Winner Helen Mirren, who was photographed mounted on a Vespa at the premiere of Brighton Rock on 1 February 2011 in Leicester Square, has recently predicted that Colin Firth will win an Oscar for his performance in The King’s Speech, the dramatic British film about the stammering King George VI, making waves in Hollywood and around the globe.
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