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NNarrative Competition

The Riot Club

The Riot Club

Director: Lone Scherfig
United Kingdom | English
2014 | 107min.
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: DCP
Theme: N, V
18+
The famous dining society, the Bullingdon Club, might very well have been the source of inspiration for Laura Wade’s screenplay on which The Riot Club is based. Founded in 1780, it claims among its former members the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. In the 1980s Andrew Gimson wrote on the club, “I don't think an evening would have ended without a restaurant being trashed and being paid for in full, very often in cash.' Alistair (Sam Claflin) and Miles (Max Irons) are former public school boys who arrive at Oxford. The pair are soon initiated into the Riot Club: Alistair, because his brother was a notable member; Miles, because he befriended one of the club’s elders. Miles’s girlfriend Lauren (Holliday Grainger) immediately dislikes the club, but Miles realizes how right she is only when the ritual trashing of a dining room at the club’s annual banquet gets dangerously out of hand. Through the prism of an elite Oxford University dining society Lone Scherfig—after her multi-Oscar nominated An Education—focuses her scathing camera on this all-male world, delivering a blunt condemnation of the toxicity of unchecked power, wealth and privilege, made even more striking by the outstanding performances of the cast. —Teresa Cavina

Director,  Lone Scherfig

Director,  Lone Scherfig

Lone Scherfig was born in Copenhagen and graduated from the National Film School of Denmark. Her debut feature The Birthday Trip, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (1991) and won awards at festivals worldwide. Her next film, On Our Own, won the Grand Prize at Montreal. Her international recognition came with the multi-awarded Italian for Beginners(2000) which won a Silver Bear at Berlin. Her first English-language film was Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002).An Education (2010) garnered three Oscar nominations (Best Film, Adaptd Screenplay, Actress).

Cast and Crew

Director
Lone Scherfig
Cast
Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Douglas Booth, Max Irons, Holliday Grainger
Production Company
Blueprint Pictures
Sales Contact
Hanway Films
Middle Eastern Distributor
Frontrow Filmed Entertainment
Music
Kasper Winding
Producer
Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin
Screenwriter
Laura Wade
Editor
Jake Roberts
Cinematographer
Sebastian Blenkov
Sound
Glenn Freemantle
Production Designer
Alice Normington
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