Brighton Rock received a bit of attention when it came out in Britain in February. It even picked up four nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, including first-time director Rowan Joffé for the Douglas Hickox award.
Despite being received favourably, it has taken a while for it to cross the Pond and receive a U.S. release date. Finally, it got picked up by indie distributor IFC Films, and today IFC announced August 26 as its release date in L.A. and New York, with an expansion to follow.
In addition, IFC released a U.S. poster and trailer for the film, both duly atmo-fied and actionized from its British versions.
Brighton Rock is a born-and-bred British gangster film based on Graham Greene’s acclaimed novel, and follows the rise and fall of ambitious teenage gangster Pinkie, played by the promising Sam Riley, of Control fame, as a figure of the British underworld. When Rose, a young waitress played by the even more promising Andrea Riseborough, finds evidence linking Pinkie with a murder, he decides to seduce her, thereby hurling both of them into a downward spiral of deception, violence and, even more dangerously, love.
The supporting cast is not exactly shabby either, including the venerable Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Andy Serkis, in rare non-performance-capture mode, so American film fans should be looking forward to August 26. I know we are excited to see it.
Click here to see the trailer, courtesy of Apple.