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Red Riding - (DVD) Preview

Red Riding

Preview by Jack Foley

WRITTEN by Tony Grisoni and adapted from David Peace’s cult noir novels, Red Riding is an ambitious, dark, and thrilling trilogy of interlinking films set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 80s. It’s released to own on DVD on April 13, 2009, courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

1974 is directed by Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited), 1980 by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and 1983 by Anand Tucker (Hilary & Jackie); all three executive produced by Andrew Eaton.

The films boast an all-star cast including Sean Bean, Andrew Garfield, Paddy Considine, Warren Clarke, Peter Mullan, David Morrissey, Maxine Peake, Eddie Marsan, Gerard Kearns, Daniel Mays, Rebecca Hall and Mark Addy.

1974: Yorkshire – a time of paranoia, mistrust and institutionalised police corruption. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to search for the truth in an increasingly complex maze of lies and deceit that characterises a police investigation into a series of child abductions.

Extras: Interview with Julian Jarrod / Deleted Scenes.

Cert: 18
Running Time: 102mins approx

1980: The “Ripper” has tyrannised Yorkshire for six long years and with the local police failing to make any progress, the Home Office sends in Manchester officer Peter Hunter to review the investigation. Having previously made enemies in the Yorkshire force while investigating a shooting incident in 1974, Hunter finds himself increasingly isolated when his version of events challenges their official line on the “Ripper”.

Extras: Making of featurette / Deleted Scenes.

Cert: 18
Running Time: 94 mins approx

1983: Another young girl has disappeared and Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson recognises some alarming similarities to the abductions in 1974, forcing him to come to terms with the fact that he may have helped convict the wrong man. When local solicitor John Piggott is persuaded to fight this miscarriage of justice he finds himself slowly uncovering a catalogue of cover-ups.

Extras: Making of featurette / Deleted Scenes.

Cert: 18
Running Time: 100 mins