As a prospect for an evening at the movies director Rufus Norris and writer Alecky Blythe’s film London Road is (at least superficially) about as hard a sell as is imaginable.
Beginning around Christmas 2006, the film looks at the effect of a series of murders and the media furore they provoke upon a working class community in Ipswich. When the film begins, the city is now in a state of near lockdown as the killer is at large. The victims were prostitutes who had been plying their trade around a residential street called London Road to the widespread dismay of those dwelling there. The subsequent arrest of a suspect from the street brings a major police investigation and an unprecedented level of press attention. Continue reading