London Boulevard
Filmfest 2011

"Here's a right lairy, moody London crime drama, in which Ray Winstone has been cast as the sinister gangster-in-chief, in very much the same spirit that Wills'n'Kate chose Westminster Abbey as their wedding venue; the film is written and directed by 49-year-old Bostonian William Monahan – a screenplay Oscar-winner for Scorsese's THE DEPARTED. Colin Farrell stars as Mitch, a south London hardman just out of Pentonville with an intention to go straight. Almost immediately, our flawed hero is faced with a dilemma: should he get sucked back into the violent world of crime alongside Winstone's cringing subordinate Billy (Ben Chaplin) or become a gallant minder to reclusive and vulnerable superstar Charlotte, played by Keira Knightley, protecting her against the paparazzi in classy Holland Park – and generally get stuck into a bit of a Costner-Houston situation? (...) Like the young Michael Caine, Farrell scrubs up well in a whistle-and-flute – off the peg, presumably, but very nice. David Thewlis does well in a Withnailish cameo as an unemployed film producer and he gets an outrageous line about Monica Bellucci." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

tags: Feature film

Cast: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Ray Winstone

Credits

Director: William Monahan