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CK Films In Association With Red Rock Entertainment Present The Digital Release Of Stephen Cookson’s BRIGHTON This June

12 May 2021


In association with Red Rock Entertainment Present


Directed by Stephen Cookson

Adapted by Stephen Cookson and Melanie Harris from an original play by Steven Berkoff

Starring Larry Lamb, Marion Bailey, Lesley Sharp, Phil Davis & Adjoa Andoh

The day trip from Hell

CK Films in association with Red Rock Entertainment have announced the digital release of its award-winning feature, BRIGHTON starring Larry Lamb, Marion Bailey, Lesley Sharp, Phil Davis and Adjoa Andoh, directed by Stephen Cookson and adapted by Melanie Harris and Stephen Cookson from the original stageplay Brighton Beach Scumbags by Steven Berkoff.  The film, which has garnered multiple awards in film festivals across the world, will be available on DVD from June 07 2021 and on various digital platforms including Amazon, Apple TV and Google Play in the subsequent weeks.

A typical day in Brighton during 2005 when two working class couples - Derek and Dinah, Dave and Doreen are on a day trip to the beach. But Brighton is changing, and the friends can't keep up. The result is a vengeful act of violence that exposes the gaps and similarities between class, gender and sexual orientations.

The troubled characters have lived in a bubble for far too long and when they return to the place where they met their partners it’s a dramatic shock how Brighton – the town they knew and loved – isn’t the same. Brighton compassionately explores the mutual incomprehension inherent in the divide between the middle and working classes. This comedy / drama, which takes place in 2005 and 1960, is as relevant today and it was then.



Larry Lamb was born in East London.  He is best known for his roles in Eastenders (BBC) as Archie Mitchell and as Michael Shipman in Gavin & Stacey (BBC).  Lamb’s first major role was in the early 1980s when he became a regular cast member, along with Kate O’Mara, in the BBC series Triangle.  His other TV credits include The New Avengers (ITV), The Professionals (ITV), Minder (ITV), Lovejoy (BBC), A Touch of Frost (ITV), Our Friends in The North (BBC), Taggart (ITV) and Kavanagh QC (ITV).   In 2015 Lamb joined the cast of New Tricks (BBC) as Ted Case, taking over from Gerry Standing, played by Dennis Waterman. Lamb's films include Buster and Essex Boys and a small role in the 1983 blockbuster Superman III.

Phil Davis was born in Essex.  His breakthrough role was in the BBC Play For Today Gotcha in 1977.  No stranger to Brighton, he starred in the cult mod film Quadrophenia as the hapless Chalkie.  Following Quadrophenia he landed the role of midshipman Edward "Ned" Young in The Bounty (1984); co-star Daniel Day-Lewis later rated him as one of his greatest inspirations. He appeared in the TV series To Have and to Hold (ITV) with Amanda Redman. A lasting associate of Mike Leigh he has starred in High Hopes and Vera Drake.  His other film appearances include Alien 3, Notes From A Scandal and Riviera.  TV roles have seen him mainly cast as disreputable characters, including the mean money lender Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House,  Jeff Hope, a murderous cab driver in the first episode of Sherlock (BBC), crime family solicitor Micky Joy in Silk (BBC)  and Jud, the malevolent servant in Poldark (BBC)   In 2013 he starred as the human incarnation of the devil in the 5th and final series of BBC Three's Being Human. He also starred alongside Rupert Penry Jones in the BBC TV series Whitechapel. From November 2017 until February 2018, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in David Edgar's new adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Marion Bailey is best known for her work with her partner Mike Leigh, which includes, Vera Drake, Meantime and Mr Turner, for which she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Critics Circle Award.  As well as Leigh's films, Bailey has appeared as Mrs Peach in Debbie Isitt's Nasty Neighbours, Mary in the Craig Ferguson film I'll Be There and Mrs Adams in S.J.Clarkson's Toast. Bailey appeared in The Lady in the Van Allied and Dead In A Week (or your money back.)  Bailey's television work includes Inspector Morse (ITV), Casualty (BBC) and  Midsomer Murders (ITV).  In 1995, she had a recurring role as Avis in the long-running ITV series Shine on Harvey Moon. She played Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in seasons 3 and 4 of international Netflix series The Crown for which she was the recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Drama Series.

Lesley Sharp's screen debut was in Alan Clarke's Rita, Sue and Bob Too, playing Bob's wife, Michelle. Further film appearances include supporting roles in The Rachel Papers and Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes, with Clive Owen and Alan Rickman.  She appeared in Mike Leigh's Naked, the Jimmy McGovern-penned Priest and The Full Monty as well as another Alan Clarke project, the adaptation on Jim Cartwright’s Road.   Although Sharp has appeared in a variety of films throughout her career, she is probably best known by television audiences. Her roles on television have included Playing the Field (BBC), Great Expectations (BBC) and Paul Abbott's BAFTA-award-winning Clocking Off (BBC), which lasted four series. Russell T. Davies cast her opposite Alan Davies in Bob & Rose (BBC), which resulted in her receiving a BAFTA nomination.  Further film roles in From Hell, starring Johnny Depp, and Cheeky (1993), which was directed by David Thewlis.  Her numerous stage parts have included the 2009 revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre with Marc Warren and Diana Vickers.

Adjoa Andoh’s most recent televison appearance was as Lady Danbury in the Netflix hit Bridgerton.  Her other television credits include Casualty (BBC) in which she played Colette Griffiths, Jonathan Creek (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Doctor Who (BBC), M.I. High (BBC) and Missing (BBC).  Film roles include Chief of Staff Brenda Maziubo opposite Morgan Freeman's Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus.  Andoh has worked extensively in the theatre. Her credits include His Dark MaterialsStuff Happens and The Revenger's Tragedy at the National Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire (National Theatre Studio); Troilus and CressidaJulius Caesar, Tamburlaine and The Odyssey (RSC); Sugar Mummies and Breath Boom (Royal Court); Richard II (Globe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse); Blood Wedding (Almeida); Purgatorio (Arcola); The Vagina Monologues (Criterion); Starstruck (Tricycle) and In The Red and Brown Water (Young Vic).[6]

Stephen Cookson is an English film director and occasional producer and writer based in London. Some of his most notable feature films have been My Angel starring Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Mel Smith which won Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director at the Monaco International Film Festival. Stephen also directed Mumbo Jumbo which starred Joss Ackland, Brian Blessed and Richard O'Brien. He directed Journey To The Moon the first movie musical since Alan Parker's classic Bugsy Mallone to feature an entire cast of children playing adults. He co-wrote and directed Stanley, A Man of Variety starring Timothy Spall which won 20 international awards including Best Director and Best Actor. He also directed Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villians starring Steven Berkoff and Tell Tale Heart adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe short story which also starred Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman and Hugh Skinner. This film  won 18 international awards including Best Actor and Best Horror Film.

Steven Berkoff has been an undisputed theatrical legend since the 1970s. Throughout his extraordinary career as a theatrical firebrand, performer, writer and director he has railed against safe, mediocre and superficial theatre. His theatrical craftsmanship, his physicality and tremendous voice work has been honed to razor sharpness over a career spanning five decades.  Steven's plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Amongst the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka's Metamorphosis, The Trial, Agamemnon after Aeschylus, and Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.  Steven has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare's Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde's Salome.

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