I thought this might be a spoof, but apparently The Riot Club is a real movie about young beautiful Brits with too much money. imdb lists the title as Posh, so I’m not sure if this is the new title or just what they’ll use in the UK. (The poster, which comes courtesy of Empire, reminded me of the Scissor Sisters)
“Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.”
The script was written by Laura Wade and based on her own play, so that’s a good sign…I guess. The film is directed by Lone Scherfig, whose best known English-language film is An Education, which made Carey Mulligan a household name and earned Oscar nominations for actress, adapted screenplay and Best Picture. She followed that up with a jar of treacle called One Day (Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess), so what one can expect from Riot Club is anyone’s guess. While the trailer below might put you in mind of other, similarly themed films like The Skulls or Oxford Blues if you grew up on this side of the Atlantic, it may remind Brits of a real “fraternity” at Oxford, The Bullingdon Club (as well, apparently, as members of the currently ruling Tory party). Scherfig does claim that this film is about more than the obvious (a chance to look at pretty people in pretty clothes, doing things the rest of us imagine that they do), but is a thought-provoking treatise on the effects of power and money on the human condition. Unh huh.
The cast includes Max Irons (“The White Queen”), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), Douglas Booth (Noah), Sam Reid (The Railway Man, Belle), Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) and Holliday Grainger (“The Borgias” Bit of trivia: both Grainger and Booth each appeared in 1 of the 2 versions of Great Expectations out last year, but not the same one). Robert Pattinson was also considered for one of the leads. He didn’t make the cut, probably because his cheekbones weren’t sharp enough.
Riot Club will be released in the UK on 19 September. If it makes it to these shores, I know I’ll see it – because I’m weak. *hangs head*