6.9/10
32
1 user

London's Burning (2011)

Using CCTV footage of the actual riots that bedevilled parts of England in the summer of 2011, allegedly triggered by the shooting of unarmed Mark Duggan, the film omits any real motives ... See full summary »

Director:

Justin Hardy

Writer:

Mark Hayhurst
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

London's Burning (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The close knit members of Blue Watch, at Blackwell Fire Station, adjust to having a female firefighter join their ranks. The pilot movie for the long-running ITV series.

Director: Les Blair
Stars: Gary McDonald, Mark Arden, James Hazeldine
London's Burning (1988–2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The lives of firefighters at Blackwall Fire Station.

Stars: Glen Murphy, Richard Walsh, Ben Onwukwe
The Driver (2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Taxi driver Vince McKee finds his life taking an unexpected turn after he accepts an offer to drive for a criminal gang.

Stars: David Morrissey, Claudie Blakley, Ian Hart
True Love (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Five different improvised stories exploring the reality of love in the modern world.

Stars: Jo Woodcock, Charlie Creed-Miles, Kaya Scodelario
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

DI Tom Thorne hunts for a psychopath who may have formed a depraved partnership.

Director: Benjamin Ross
Stars: Joe Absolom, Jaleh Alp, Freddie Annobil-Dodoo
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The series is about a Customs Officer, Marcus Ashton (Ash) who is recruited to a new law enforcement team tasked with hunting down some of Britain's most wanted criminals. The series is ... See full summary »

Stars: O-T Fagbenle, Lorraine Ashbourne, Lee Boardman
Soldier Soldier (1991–1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Drama following the life of the officers and men of the King's Own Fusiliers regiment, during their home lives, training exercises and battles.

Stars: Ben Nealon, Robson Green, Jerome Flynn
Earthbound (2012)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Joe is an Alien on Earth. At least that is what his father told him before he died when Joe was eleven. He finds it difficult to adjust, and to find a compatible girl friend.

Director: Alan Brennan
Stars: Rafe Spall, Jenn Murray, Stephen Hogan
The Field of Blood (2011–2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Glasgow 1982, a young girl investigates mysterious murders in a world of men.

Stars: Matt Costello, Jayd Johnson, Bronagh Gallagher
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.

Director: Eran Creevy
Stars: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

DI Tom Thorne's only key to catching a serial killer is a survivor unable to move or communicate.

Stars: Lorraine Ashbourne, Brana Bajic, Trinity Barden
The 7.39 (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After fighting for a seat on their morning commute, Sally and Carl begin talking and suddenly their daily train journey becomes a lot more interesting. Carl is happily married, Sally's ... See full summary »

Stars: David Morrissey, Olivia Colman, Sheridan Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Morrissey ... Borough Commander
Samantha Bond ... Senior Police Officer
Emily Bruni ... Onelia
Jack Chissick ... Duncan
Troy Glasgow Troy Glasgow ... Lee
Alex Hanson Alex Hanson ... Nick
Anastasia Hille ... Jan
James Hillier
John Hollingworth ... Community Policeman
Joanna Horton Joanna Horton
Ansu Kabia
Brooke Kinsella Brooke Kinsella ... Rixy
Martina Laird Martina Laird ... Rachel
Pete Lee-Wilson ... John MacGillivry
Royce Pierreson ... Alex
Edit

Storyline

Using CCTV footage of the actual riots that bedevilled parts of England in the summer of 2011, allegedly triggered by the shooting of unarmed Mark Duggan, the film omits any real motives beyond greed and vandalism as looters attack the shop to which elderly Duncan has devoted his life, hair-dressers Enzo and Onelia flee for their lives as their salon is attacked, and middle-class Jan and Nick provide a refuge for their neighbours. Gerry Campbell, the police district commander for Wandsworth, and his female assistant look on helplessly on their monitors as, due to being deployed in other areas, only eight riot officers are available to face a baying crowd of over three hundred, and a frustrated policeman attacks a young boy who is trying to defend, rather than loot, his father's record store. The film ends with statistics regarding the cost of the riots and how the victims have subsequently fared. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2011 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Juniper Communications See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Clapham Chaos
26 December 2011 | by b0034512See all my reviews

Everyone should remember this year's riots and how it effected the public. I wasn't aware of the riots until the third night it happened due to my detachment from television at the time. However, the events that happened really did frighten me and fueled my habit of being a worry merchant but the images I saw being reported did make me think that a documentary or dramatization would be produced soon after. So I wasn't surprised when Channel 4 announced a docudrama based on the Clapham junction riot titled "London's Burning" and was eager to watch it. Unfortunately, I missed the air date because I was working on film of my own that night and forgot completely all about it.

So, tonight I took the time to watch it because it turned out to be only a 47 minute long feature. "London's Burning" focuses on four groups of people and how they were effected by the riots and I have to admit that the introduction of these characters were a bit cheesy but served as important plot points. Then, when the film started building up the rioter's arrival into Clapham junction, THAT was when I realised "London's Burning" was more than just your everyday TV Movie. Due to the film's choice of placing the audience into the perspective of the riot's victims, we are thrown into the nightmarish images that some citizens witnessed when confronted by the rioters.

The direction stands out the most I have to say, with brilliant choices of shots, heavy use of hand-held cinematography and fantastic decisions concerning where the camera cuts to or focuses on. "London's Burning" turns from a soap drama atmosphere to a cinematic thriller as we're put face to face with confronting rioters. However, the writing isn't exactly impressive and we don't get to know much about the victims themselves but the scenes that focus on the police are fantastic, as grown men discuss how they're working with rumors from Twitter. Modern technology is a running theme in the film, it reflects on how some people underestimate the power and importance of the internet.

Another highlight of "London's Burning" has to be how much archive footage is used, it's a phenomenal amount that is spliced with people's reactions and feature the original audio instead of being muted or dubbed with sentimental music. The original audio of the riot footage is terrifying to hear, it's chaotic noise that clouds the visuals themselves. The acting? Well, it's nothing impressive but there's no wooden performances, everyone gets into their roles without over acting. Now, what about the factual side? It's a docudrama so of course it features facts about the night but it's all done by subtitles rather than narrative commentary or via talking head interviews and this really let me down. Sure, I'm happy to read facts but it would have been more interesting with a voice over or an interview with the victims or the police.

"London's Burning" is gripping, terrifying and decently directed by Justin Hardy but it suffers from a lack of character development and the introduction of the characters is very bland. It's also way too short and almost flies by, this made the film feel insignificant compared to the scale of the reality of what happened. It's worth seeing for sure but don't expect something as epic as it could have potentially been.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed