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TIFF 2010 Buyer’s Club: #7. Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock

Stylish. British. Crime mixed with sex. Helen Mirren. Good looking young thesps in Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough who will, or already have, broke out.

#7. Brighton Rock

The Gist: Adapted from Graham Greene’s iconic 1939 novel, this charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. At the heart of the story is the anti-hero Pinkie’s relationship with Rose – an apparently innocent young waitress who stumbles on evidence linking Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing that Pinkie commits.

Brighton Rock

Director: Rowan Joffe — Sales AgentStudioCanal

Selling Point: Stylish. British. Crime mixed with sex. Helen Mirren. Good looking young thesps in Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough who will, or already have, broke out.

Suited For: You get the impression that in the past two years, plenty of distributors have tried their hand at British gangster/crime films and very few have made a mint with the genre. The studio who can distinguish this Helen Mirren film from the rest of her others films (she’s got about four releases within a short time frame), and can make this appeal to several audiences will have this year’s most sought after U.K title.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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