Optimum Releasing has released the trailer for Rowan Joffe’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock. Joffe is best know as the scribe for 28 Weeks Later and The American but from what little the trailer shows, he may just make a better film director. The trailer shows just enough of what we need to know without overdoing it and spoiling half the plot. A trailer for a murder mystery should remain mysterious and show hints of suspense, and that is exactly what we get here. Add on the end quote “Masterpiece” from The Guardian and Hellen Mierren and you have the attention of most mature cinephiles.
The book was first adapted to the screen in 1947 in a movie starring Richard Attenborough. This time around Joffe has updated the setting to the 1960′s. Here is the official synopsis:
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to mixed response. Sam Riley (Control) stars as Pinkie, and the film co-stars Helen Mirren (The Queen), John Hurt, Andy Serkis, and Andrea Riseborough .
Watch the trailer below.