London Road Movie Info:.
London Road is a 2015 British musical mystery thriller film directed by Rufus Norris and written by Adam Cork and Alecky Blythe based on their National Theatre musical of the same name, which in turn..
Initial release:. June 12, 2015.
Director:. Rufus Norris.
Running time:. 1h 33m.
Screenplay:. Alecky Blythe.
Music composed by:. Adam Cork.
Rufus Norris’s film is an utterly gripping. macabre but finally very moving cine-opera in a reportage verbatim style, dealing with the 2006 Ipswich serial murders and their complex psychological effect on the inhabitants of London Road. This is the residential street that had become the city’s red-light district. where the killer lived and where one of his victims was found. The film begins like a downbeat drama. with plenty of grimly daylit front-room interiors with depressing sofas reflected in dull. switched-off TVs. But when the newsreaders start to sing. something queasily dreamlike happens. It is an addictive forensic thriller set to music. and Olivia Colman’s presence makes it look like Broadchurch crossed with Les Mis. But there’s more subtlety and intricacy than you could expect from either.
The film is based on the 2011 stage production Norris directed for the Cottesloe stage at London’s National Theatre. with music by Adam Cork and remarkable dialogue and lyrics by the verbatim-theatre pioneer Alecky Blythe. based on her own interviews with the local community. with media reporters and with the women who worked as prostitutes on London Road. Perhaps it’s truer to say that London Road is a film oratorio. a cinema piece that does not hide its stage origins, but flaunts an artificiality and theatricality as part of its sheer audacious effect.