Last weekend I was lucky enough to see the new version of Brighton Rock at my local cinema (which happens to have a full art deco facade and matching interiors!). It isn't the typical sort of film I'd choose to watch, but when I heard that the remake was set in 1960s Brighton, complete with mods and rockers, I was compelled to watch it!
The film is based on the book by Graham Greene, written all the way back in 1939. It focuses on a gang of Brighton-based criminals, one of whom finds himself at risk of arrest after the violent murder of a rival gang member along the sea front. In order to stop the evidence reaching the police, the main character Pinkie tries to seduce the only witness, a young naive waitress called Rose.
As the plot unfolded, I fell more and more in love with the various sets and costumes used in the film. It was nice to see so much attention paid to the male cast's outfits, perfectly portraying the lifestyle of the characters with a mix of smart shirts and tatty trench coats. Of course, the female outfits also appealed to my inner mod, especially an ensemble comprising of a dusky pink babydoll dress, white trapeze coat and white tights carefully put together by Rose after a visit to a mod boutique.
I couldn't help but notice that all of the mods seem to be over the age of 30, so perhaps not quite historically accurate, but they still retain their edge... perhaps the local scooter club were enlisted to be the extras?
Anyway, how could I resist the temptation to don my best Mod-inspired outfit after this 111 minute journey into the 60s? Due to a severe lack of funds, I haven't been able to treat myself to as many of the highstreet peter-pan collared delights as I would have liked, so I've combined the jumper from this post with the wonderful polkadot minidress from this post, kindly given to me by my boyfriend's mum. The burgundy cardigan was a bargain at 20p(!) and I've finished the outfit with my trusty Clarks patent loafers!
If you're interested in finding out more about the film, you can watch the trailer here!
P.S. I've been lucky enough to be selected to try out a Diana F+ camera, courtesy of www.lomographyuk.com! It's arriving at some point this week - I'm so excited!