The Riot Club
The Riot ClubDirector: Lone Scherfig
United Kingdom | English
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.