Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Brighton Rock: 1964


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!
 
Sadie xxx
 
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!

41 comments:

little lyzi said...

Ah that film looks awesome! I'm going to keep my peepers open for that one. You look super cute, as always, and very 60s. You're so lucky to be able to try out the Diana F+ camera!! Looking forward to seeing the results too xxx

bee. said...

Ooh, it'll be interesting to see how you get on with the camera (: The film looks really good. The costumes look stunning! As do you. Beautiful outfit.

Tids said...

Gorgeous outfit!Let me know how the Diana F+ goes. I have one of the glow in the dark ones which I still haven't used despite buying it 6 months ago because I'm petrified of messing up the pictures! I'm such a chicken. Sigh.

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Ani said...

I have a Diana camera, I love it so much! Can't wait to see your pictures!

olivia grace said...

beautiful outfit, you always look so chic! xxx

E is for Eleanor said...

Oh wow! I was just about to do a Brighton Rock inspired post, so please don't think I'm copying! :) I saw it on Sunday and I just fell in love with it. It's such a fantastic film and for me, like you, it was the interiors, all rotting and broken that made it so perfect for me!

Pink Flower said...

I've heard mixed reviews about this film - most questioning why they had/did remake it when the originals meant to be amazing.

Sophie said...

I love this outfit! Im dying to see the film, think me and the boy are going to put some time aside for it in the next week.
Sophie
x

Carys said...

Gorgeous outfit, and who doesn't love mods and rockers? You look awesome!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

♥ Lily said...

I loved this film as well, it was so beautifully made but in a nasty way as well.
Pretty outfit, sweetie, I'm in love with dark red cardigans atm :)

Sarah said...

I really want to see this!
x

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ellio100 said...

cool outfit! Can tell this film and baordwalk empire will have a lot of influence :-)

K said...

Not sure if I want to see the film - the book is so visceral, and I don't really see that translating to the silver screen.

Very, very cute outfit, though! (And I love your hair!)

K xx


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VicissitudiniLombarde said...

Love love your sweater!

marc.

Raquel said...

This outfit is so sweet and gorgeous!
I want a Diana camera too :)

Maria said...

I'd been wondering if Brighton Rock would pop up on the blogs, yours is the first I've seen :)
I love your outfit- the cardigan looks so comfy and I could steal that polka dot dress anyday.

Laia said...

wow the film looks just great! thanks for sharing, i love your Clarks loafers! X3

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

I wish I had the legs for this look.

Sarah Maccarelli said...

I love your eye makeup. Gorgeous!

cervixosaurus said...

I know you are good at sewing ,you should make a detachable peter pan collar that you can wear with clothes you already have! I made one recently and it's easy. luminia on etsy makes really lovely ones if you want some inspiration. i also made some lace collars which were even easier, just sew gathered lace onto a long ribbon. ps lovely dress!!!

Not quite beautiful said...

Love your outfit hun! Can't decide which i like more your dress or your cardigan. The cardi has a wonderful colour. Very pretty. :)

toya
x

Colleen said...

Sadie, we have the same Ikea comforter. Weird!

Oriola Ninon said...

I've never heard of this movie but now I want to watch it. I like the still that you posted because I've always wanted to have a window seat (I'm guessing that would be Rose in the picture right?). By the way, I love your outfit. It's really simple and adorable!

<3 Ori @ oriolaninon.blogspot.com

Ena said...

Such a pretty outfit! That dress is amazing!

*Ena*

Georgie said...

Love your dress, I've got my eye on a peter pan collar dress in the topshop sale, they're so adorable! The film looks good, I'll add that to my 'to watch' list.
xx

Matt said...

I love this outfit! Super cute! And the costumes in that movie sound wonderful! :)

sara said...

that film looks amazing!
and you look gorgeous, as always

jessikavalentine said...

Lovely look. I love your shoes! I'm going to check Clarks out, I didn't know they did nice shoes, I just think of them as somewhere I got school shoes from in primary school. Thanks for the tip off.x

Meghan said...

I well have to watch this film! I love your dress.

Sarah Munks said...

I am follower 999, yay!
Very cute dress and blog!

katieafox said...

Like you, mod is probably my favourite sub-culture! I heard about this film but after seeing the trailer, wasn't sure if there was as much mod influence as I'd thought. Seems worth a watch going on your words :) x

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Bibi said...

ive been wanting to see this movie with all its brighton and mod lovliness, plus it has the actor from the movie control whch is a favourite film of mine. the outfit inspired by brighton rock is very pretty + the 20p cardigan was such a good find with its berry tone
bibi

Phara said...

I was in London the last three days and saw advertising for it everywhere, can't wait to watch it, looks like a great movie!
X

herecomesthesun said...

Hello dear, this is my first time on your blog and I have to say it's so lovely! Your outfit posts are so beautiful! Love the peterpan collar on this dress :) Also wanted to say you did a really good job on that chair you did up a few posts below. Amazing! And can't wait to see your Lomo shots, I have a Diana mini and I love the pictures it produces :) Keep up the great work! xx

sophiemakesthings said...

lovely outfit! you suit 60s mod style so well :) ooh i'm excited to see any diana pictures you take, i've recently been experimenting with a holga :) x
p.s, i have just done a d.i.y post you may enjoy!

lydia-lee said...

love your blog! stunning dress


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Ali said...

wow, I NEED to see that movie! looks right up my alley!

Karin said...

I discovered your blog via blogloving and it is uber fantastical...I really adore it and this post is beyond amazing...lovely photography

eliza said...

Oh I can't wait to see this, I've just started reading the book so I'm resisting looking at any trailers or anything just yet! Love your outfit too, gorgeous dress :)