Looking Backward: British Period Drama – the 21st Century Edition

Red Riding (2009)

Andrew Garfield, front left, and Sean Bean, front right, in ‘Red Riding 1974′ (IFC Films)

Here’s a complicated period scenario. Take four novels by author David Peace about crime, police and serial killings in Yorkshire, each taking place in a different year. Then make a separate movie out of three of them (Red Riding 1974, Red Riding 1980, and Red Riding 1983) using the same cast but different directors. Also, use three different film stocks, which help to convey a sense of different time periods: 16 mm makes 1974 feel grittier; 1980’s 35mm stock feels more cinematic; 1983 was shot digitally on RED, providing high resolution, both visually and dramatically.

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