On this week’s episode, we discuss The Riot Club and What Richard did, two of our favourite films from the past decade, both about the lack of consequences rich, young, white men face for horrific behaviour.
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This episode features Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney, Executive Editor Orla Smith, and special guest Fiona Underhill.
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The Riot Club (Lone Scherfig, 2014)
Based on Laura Wade’s play Posh, Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club (2014) follows rival upper class Oxford students Alistair (Sam Claflin) and Miles (Max Irons) in their attempt to join the elitist drinking club The Riot Club. Based upon the real Bullingdon Club (alumni include David Cameron and Boris Johnson), the film shows a world where elite young men behave horrendously and face little consequence. The Riot Club also stars Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Ben Schnetzer, Natalie Dormer, Tom Hollander, and Josh O’Connor
The Riot Club is streaming on Prime in the UK and Stan in Australia and available on VOD in most regions
What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson, 2012)
Richard (Jack Reynor) is a popular rugby player who one night violently assaults his girlfriend’s friend Conor (Sam Keeley). Conor dies of his injuries and the film examines Richard’s self-centred response to his actions.
What Richard Did is streaming on Prime in Canada and the USA and Kanopy in Australia and the USA. It is also available on VOD in most regions.
- Listen our discussion of Normal People (also directed by Lenny Abrahamson)
- Read Fiona’s interview on JumpCut Online with The Glorias costume designer Sandy Powell
- Read Fiona’s review on JumpCut online of The 40-Year-Old Version
- Read Orla’s review of The 40-Year-Old Version
- Read Fiona’s review on JumpCut online of The Crown Season 3, celebrating Josh O’Connor’s performance
- Read Alex’s 2014 review of The Riot Club
- Read Alex’s 2017 interview with Lone Scherfig about her film Their Finest
- Read reactions to our Mouthpiece screening. If you missed out, Mouthpiece is still available to book club members until the end of October.
- Purchase your copy of our ebook, Beyond Empowertainment: Feminist Horror and the Struggle for Feminist Agency