Tom Chivers

London in film


Luke Heeley recently sent me a DVD of his London Triptych. Watching it made me think of the films I’ve enjoyed that are about and/or set in London. Not including period dramas such as Shakespeare in Love, which recreates the Elizabethan city with its brothels and playhouses, or film versions of London novels (eg. Dickens).

Horror / Apocalypse / Dystopia

28 Days Later (2002)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Creep (2004)
Clockwork Orange (1971)
Children of Men (2006)

London’s underbelly / Socio-realism

Breaking and Entering (2006)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
My Beautiful Laundrette  (1985)
Kidulthood (2006)
Cathy Comes Home (1966)
Made in Britain (1982)

Rom Com / Crime Com / Richard E Grant

Notting Hill (1999)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Withnail & I (1987)
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

And of course the recent – and brilliant – Bourne Ultimatum (2007) which used Waterloo Station as the backdrop to one of Matt Damon’s niftiest moments.

Any recommendations of others I should get my grubby mits on?