Friday, 11 May 2012

Movie Matters #15 - Red Riding Trilogy

After an unexpected hiatus, the Movie Matters podcast returns with a look at the RED RIDING trilogy, the critically acclaimed 2009 adaptation of David Peace's grim and grisly quartet of novels. Co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie look at each instalment in turn - Julian Jarrold's 1974, James Marsh's 1980 and Anand Tucker's 1983 - and offer their thoughts on the trilogy as a whole.

The music sampled in this episode is from RED RIDING: 1974 by Adrian Johnston, RED RIDING: 1980 by Dickon Hinchliffe and RED RIDING: 1983 by Barrington Pheloung.

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie
Special thanks to George Fearns for the episode idea


  1. BIG fan of the books and the films, so will look forward to listening to this over the weekend :)

  2. Nice job discussing and giving your opinions, fellas.

    I recently read the first novel, then re-watched the first film. I'm in the midst of reading 1977. Once I read the 3rd and 4th novels, I look forward to re-watching the 2nd and 3rd films and this PC has only made me look forward to it more.


    The medium is in book 1.
    BJ has a prominent role in book 1.
    The gypsy camp bit is more significant in book 1.
    The ending (after the shootout) is different in book 1.
    In general, book 1 is MORE grimy, nihilistic and disturbing than filn 1.

  4. As far as my reaction, as an American, personally the only obstacle is the accents (I had to watch the first film w/ subtitles, can't remember if I had to witg the other films).

  5. First off - Thanks for the shout out. It is much appreciated. :)

    I finally saw all three installments last month, so when you announced that you were reviewing them, I was elated.

    Personally, my favorite installment was '1974', but all three were excellent. I thought Andrew Garfield was so incredible. It's extremely jarring to see the 'Spider-Man' commercials with him as Peter Parker now 3 years later, because Eddie was so much of an adult role. As for David Morrissey, I almost didn't recognize him. I'm so used to seeing him clean shaven, & when I realized it was him, I did do an 'OMFG'.

    IDK what it is, but I don't have a problem with accents, most of the time. My big problem is colloquialisms, & if I'm not sure about what something means, I just go & look it up later.

    I'm starting on the '1974' book today, BTW. I actually checked it out from the library 3 1/2 weeks ago, & I had to renew it last week. lol Yes, I did accidentally read the spoilers, but it will be good to compare & contrast anyway.

    & before I forget, a belated happy birthday to little Harrison. I absolutely can't believe he's 1 year old now. :)

  6. Finally got round to rewatching these, so I get to listen to the podcast now; a fine escape away from the jubilee proceedings!

    I've read the books too and I think on the whole the books still tip it for me. But you can't deny how grubbily beautiful these films are, and so well cast too. Peace is an author I really enjoy (The Damned Utd is a fantastic book for example, poss his best) but he's equally frustrating, with his often bizarre prose style (none more than in GB84)

    No problems with the accents, dialects or colloquialisms for me, as these are all set in Lancashire/Yorkshire-my neck of the woods :)

    If done little mini blog posts for each film as I've rewatched of late too.