The classic thriller predicted the rise of Thatcherism and the transformation of London’s Docklands into an area of unbridled commerce. For the re-release of the film – I revisited the streets where mobsters once ran wild.
Now to revisit Harold’s world – I’m listening to the driverless hum of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) gently jolting through east London above the endless juliet balconies of new-build flats. Neither the DLR nor the flats were here in June 1979 when Hoskins and director John Mackenzie started work on a modestly scaled British crime thriller that would become one of the most darkly momentous films that Britain ever made.
So on another sunlit early summer day – I wanted to see how the London of the film had changed; to splice then with now.
(ed:..and should you not already have seen ‘the long good friday’ – what a treat you have in store..eh..?..)