Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig’s has a zig-zagging trajectory. Her debut “Italian for Beginners” was an inventive and populist take on the Dogme 95 manifesto via a romantic comedy which won several plaudits including the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001. She made a few well-received films since, but it was 2009’s “An Education” that dropped the filmmaker on the global map in a big way. She stumbled with the mostly tone deaf romantic dramedy “One Day” starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, but critical redemption is right around with her latest film “The Riot Club.”
Formerly titled “Posh,” the movie is a scathing dissection of the British class system and centers on two young men who are inducted into the exclusive, debaucherous company of Oxford’s elite “Riot Club.” Her cast is impressive too; a who’s who of English up and comers including Sam Claflin (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay from “Downton Abbey,” Holliday Grainger, and “Game Of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer. The movie also co-stars Tom Hollander and Aussie Sam Reid.
Interestingly enough some of the actors who starred in the original stage play “Posh” by Laura Wade include “Game Of Thrones” star Kit Harrington and up and comers like Tom Mison, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Josh McGuire (who was once pegged to be the lead in “The Hobbit” if Martin Freeman couldn’t take the gig). The trailer for the film arrived right around the time the movie was announced for its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and with that date looming, over twenty new photos from the film have been released to keep the drum beating. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this one and you can expect reviews from us out of Toronto in early September. Check out the photos below.
Photos removed at the request of the producers.