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The Riot Club

The Riot Club
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger
  • UK release: 19 September 2014

Affable Oxford undergraduate Miles (Irons) is courted by the Riot Club, an exclusive university society devoted to hedonism, but then a Club dinner in the back room of a pub becomes increasingly vile. Claflin is outstanding as the villainous Alistair, and Scherfig's film, in its portrayal of dangerously antisocial upper class twits, is appropriately discomforting and immersive.

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There are 20,000 students at Oxford, but the historic Riot Club has just ten members. Destined for positions of power and influence, the spoilt, rich and jaded members of this historic dining club are notorious for their depravity and hedonism. Fresh-faced first year students Miles and Alistair are eager to join. But their lives change forever during a wild, drunken dinner that takes a dark turn. Screenwriter Laura Wade adapts her acclaimed stage play, 'Posh', which was inspired by the antics of the real-life Bullingdon Club.

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The Riot Club

15 Sep 20144 stars

Lone Scherfig's appropriately nasty drama features a star turn from Sam Claflin

Adapted by Laura Wade from her own play Posh, The Riot Club violently disabuses us of the notion that those who rule us might do so from a good place. Wade and director Lone Scherfig knock the uber-privileged off their pedestal by turning puffed-up…

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