Rowan Joffe

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Brighton Rock

( Feature )
Producer Paul Webster Starring
  • John Hurt
  • Helen Mirren
  • Sam Riley
  • Andrea Riseborough
    Distributor Optimum Releasing Production Company Studio Canal

    Rowan's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic novel follows Pinkie Brown, a teenage sociopath and up-and-coming gangster, as he attempts to gain control of Brighton's gangs.

    Ida Arnold, a kind-hearted and decent woman, is drawn into the action by a chance meeting with the terrified Hale, whom Pinkie murders in obscure circumstances shortly afterwards. Pinkie's attempts to cover his tracks lead to a chain of fresh crimes and to an ill-fated marriage to Rose, a waitress who has the power to destroy his alibi. Ida pursues Pinkie relentlessly, in part to protect Rose from the deeply disturbed boy she has married.

    Set against the backdrop of 1960s Brighton and the ongoing youth riots between the mods and rockers Brighton Rock charts the seedy underworld of this seaside resort.

    Brighton Rock

    strong on atmosphere...a bold debut and certainly points to a talent to watch. Mark Adams
    Screen Daily

    (a) stylish adaptation Mark Adams

    Film of the week Danny Leigh
    Film 2011

    updated cleverly...The film has style, verve, craft and not least a knowledge of when to lie low and let Greene’s story speak for itself. Nigel Andrews
    Financial Times
    Full Review

    an intelligent and creative movie...a bold and exhilarating picture Peter Bradshaw
    The Guardian

    it is clear from the outset that [Rowan Joffe] is quite ready to blaze his own trail.
    The Guardian

    Brighton Rocks!
    a superior piece of British film-making Matthew Bond
    The Mail on Sunday
    Full Review

    Film of the Week
    a harmonious synthesis of overwrought melodrama and thematic intensity Laurence Phelan
    The Independent
    Full Review

    a clear-eyed, cool adaptation of Graham Greene's book for a new generation Kate Muir
    The Times
    Full Review

    Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock takes a genuine British classic and gives it a 60s sheen – the result is bold, compelling and visually razor-sharp. Danny Leigh
    Film 2010

    NYT Critics' Pick - Mr. Joffe has turned “Brighton Rock” into a full-scale film noir with the stylistic undertow of a more modern British gangster movie
    Stephen Holden
    New York Times