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London to Brighton

London to Brighton
Directed by Paul Andrew Williams
Produced by Wellington Films
Written by Paul Andrew Williams
Starring Lorraine Stanley
Georgia Groome
Johnny Harris
Sam Spruell
Chloe Bale
Alexander Morton
Music by Laura Rossi
Running time
85 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English

London to Brighton is a 2006 award-winning British film.[1] The film was written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.


The film opens with a woman and child, Kelly and Joanne, bursting into a London toilet. Joanne is crying and Kelly has a black eye. Eventually Kelly gets them on a train to Brighton, and it is clear they are running from someone.

Joanne is an eleven-year-old runaway who is procured by a reluctant Kelly into having sex with an old violent mobster with a taste for underage girls. Kelly's pimp, Derek, bullies her into complying, but it all goes horribly wrong, and the old mobster is killed, presumably by one of the girls. The older man's son, Stuart, then forces Derek to find the girls. The film follows the duo's flight from London in the wake of what has happened.

Arriving initially in Brighton, Kelly visits her friend Karen and tries to earn enough money through prostituting herself to help Joanne afford the train to Devon, where the child's grandmother lives. The two are eventually tracked down by her pimp and his associate and taken to meet Stuart at a secluded field. Upon arrival, Kelly's pimp and associate are made to dig two graves, presumably for the girls. However, Stuart decides that the girls are the victims in this episode and decides instead to kill Kelly's pimp and associate. The film ends with Kelly and Joanne arriving at Joanne's grandma's house in Devon. Kelly watches from a distance as the girl and the grandmother hug, then turns away.

Cultural references

Main cast

Critical reception

The film received mostly very positive reviews from critics. The British magazine produced for homeless people, The Big Issue, called it "The best British film of the century,"[2] while The Guardian dubbed it "the best British film of the year."[3]

In July 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 69% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 22 reviews.[4] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 55 out of 100, based on 7 reviews.[5]

Awards and nominations

The film won a British Independent Film Award for Best Achievement in Production. The director also won several awards at various film festivals. Paul Andrew Williams won the Golden Hitchcock award at the Dinard Festival of British Cinema, the New Director's Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the Foyle Film Festival, and a Jury Prize at the Raindance Film Festival.[1]


  1. ^ a b Awards for London to Brighton (2006)
  2. ^ "London to Brighton (2008): Reviews". UK Screen. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Review - London to Brighton". The Guardian. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "London to Brighton - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "London to Brighton (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 

External links


  • Stella Hockenhull, "An Aesthetic Approach to Contemporary British Social Realism: London to Brighton", Film and Romantic special issue, Jeffrey Crouse (ed.), Film International, Vol. 7, No. 6, December 2009