The Establishing Shot: Franklyn Review


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Tuesday, January 27, 2009


The London Film School are having a preview of Franklyn & QA with writer Gerald McMorrow

"An urban fairytale set between the parallel worlds of a contemporary London and the futuristic faith-dominated metropolis of Meanwhile City, Franklyn is a breath of fresh air for British cinema and is the most impressive, daring feature from a first-time writer/director I've seen in some time" Eye for Film . More info can be found here: http://thesamescene.blogspot.com/2008/11/preview-of-franklyn.html


I jumped, when given the opportunity to see a preview of Franklyn last November 08. My

 curiosity had been piqued as it: has a solid cast, was set in a dystopian future and the visuals I had seen looked awesome. Yet there was very little information kicking around about it. A little worried that this may be my only chance to see what could be a real gem that is never released because of legal or financial wranglings.

The visuals that I had seen so far evoked imagery of V for Vendetta /Equilibrium /Watchmen /Bladerunner /The Matrix somehow set against my favourite city London as the back drop.

Frankly is a real gem. The kind of film that filmakers can't make anymore. 4 Stories from seemingly disparate realities entwined into a single thread. It delivered on all it promised, including an intricate otherworldly vigilante story set in an alternate world. Acting from the cast that includes; Eva Green, Bernard Hill, Art Malik, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley and Susannah York was solid all round but the real winner was the magic in bringing all the stories together in a credible way. The level of visual detail in the alternative world is spectacular. Put this on your list of films for 2009.

Starring Eva Green, Ryan Philippe, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill, Art Malik, Susannah York

Preview screening of FRANKLYN followed by Q&A with director Gerald McMorrow
Monday February 9, 2009 at 5:30pm
The London Film School
24 Shelton Street
London, 
WC2H 9UB

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