London to Brighton (2008)



Critic Consensus: With its grimy sets, taut storyline, and relentless sense of doom, London to Brighton is an auspicious directorial debut by Paul Andrew Williams.

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It's 3:07AM, and two girls burst into a run down toilet. Joanne is crying her eyes out, and her clothing is ripped. Kelly's face is bruised and starting to swell. Duncan Allen lies in his bathroom bleeding to death. Duncan's son, Stuart, has found his father and wants answers. Derek, Kelly's pimp, needs to find Kelly or it will be him who pays. Kelly and Joanne need to get through the next 24 hours alive...
R (for disturbing violent and sexual content, and strong language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sam Spruell
as Stuart Allen
Alexander Morton
as Duncan Allen
David Keeling
as Charlie
Chloe Bale
as Karen
Louise Appel
as Debbie
Cat Meacher
as Street Prostitute
Nick Ewans
as Kerb Crawler in Car--Brighton
James Beirman
as Kerb Crawler in Car--London
Andy Lloyd
as Punter in Doorway--Brighton
Su Douglas
as Gran
Paul Andrew Williams
as Punter in Bedroom 1
Torq Pagdin
as Punter in Bedroom 2
Yasmin Pannell
as Stoner Girl 1
Marianna Maniatakis
as Stoner Girl 2
as Exotic Dancer
Chris Carrick
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for London to Brighton

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

Its tautness is satisfying. Not one line of dialogue is superfluous, not one take is a second too long.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

From the near-hysteria of this compelling opening sequence, Paul Andrew Williams's taut, tough and thoroughly satisfying drama grips the viewer and never lets go until its brutal, surprising conclusion.

April 17, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A gritty British gangster film that leaves a bitter aftertaste, Paul Andrew Williams' London to Brighton is as technically assured as it is ultimately superfluous.

February 19, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film is a calling card for its sure-handed rookie director, Paul Andrew Williams, who expertly turns up the suspense knob while establishing a thick sense of doom amid grimy settings.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

I'm not entirely sure what [director Williams] was trying to pull off in London to Brighton or even if Mr. Williams knew what he was trying to pull off.

February 8, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for London to Brighton

Exceptional!!! Without doubt one of the best films that I have watched in a long time. A gritty, true to life storyline with very natural performances, particularly from the two main characters. This film held me from the get go and never failed to grab my attention throughout. Quite a frightening reality, which makes it a sensational Drama. This is a film that should be on everyone's "must see" list (or at the very least every Brit's "must see" list).

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I can't recall the last time a film had such a visceral impact on me. Coming out of the cinema after watching "London to Brighton" I felt my senses reeling and the adrenalin pumping as if I had just stepped off a particularly fiendish theme park ride. There's a grim nastiness running throughout this story, interwoven with a thin thread of maternal compassion. Life is hard and hopeless for these people. They have few choices open to them. Their environment is sordid and gloomy. Even the seaside resort of Brighton is cold, windy and desolate. But what lifts the audience out of what might otherwise be a depressing experience is the storyline which builds excitement and fear to the point where my friend felt he had to get up and actually leave the auditorium! Without revealing the plot, I can say that had he stayed, the final scene ? which in no way strays from the noir ? would have rewarded his perseverance. The cast turn in convincing performances and Georgia Groome is excellent as the young runaway.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Although this is a totally disgusting film in what is happening, it's very interesting and gripping to see what is happening and is going to happen to these people. It makes you realise what people really go through on the streets and how difficult and horrible it really is. It was uncomfortable but enlightening to watch.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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