Adapted from David Peace’s quartet of novels on the dark underside of the Northern English county of Yorkshire, these three interlocking detective stories follow the investigation, and lack of, into the Yorkshire Ripper murders in the 1970s and ‘80s, when a series of young women and girls were kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered – and the local police, press, and business establishments did their best to cover it all up. Red Riding – 1974, directed by Julian Jarrold, stars Andrew Garfield as an inquisitive newspaper reporter. Red Riding – 1980 by director James Marsh focuses on a police inspector (Paddy Considine) who can’t make any headway. Anand Tucker’s 1983 installment wraps the whole sordid mess up in a bloody burlap bag. There are weak spots, but the cumulative effect is of a vast tapestry of racist, sexist corruption targeting anyone who isn’t a local good old boy. Such rottenness is strangely rewarding, dramatically. Adapted by Tony Grisoni. Also with Sean Bean, Jim Carter, Mark Addy, and David Morrissey (1974: 105 min., 1980: 96 min., 1983: 104 min.).
Director: Andrew Garfield