The Red Riding Trilogy – a pitch black and unforgetable tour de force

Red Riding: In The Year of Our Lord 1974 / 1980 / 1983

Directed by Julian Jarrold / James Marsh / Anand Tucker

Written by David Grisoni (from the novels by David Peace)

2009, UK

There’s a much quoted line from David Fincher’s Seven, found in one of many notebooks scribbled by horrific serial killer John Doe, that reads: “Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light”. The sentiment and association is very appropriate when musing on the visceral sledgehammer assault on emotions, morality and senses represented by David Peace’s Red Riding series, a sprawling nine year epic of neo-noir, adult fear and a simmering stew of all forms of human evil. Brought to the screen in the form of a condensed movie trilogy (the second novel, 1977, is sacrificed) by the hand of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni, adaptation does not spell compromise on style or content.

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