Monday, 2 September 2013

Peaky Blinders Gala Screening

On the 21st of August I attended the premiere of a forthcoming TV series called Peaky Blinders. The first series will have six episodes, described as an 'epic gangster drama' by creator Steven Knight and has been hailed as the new British Boardwalk Empire. It is set in 1920s Birmingham and stars Cillian Murphy in the leading role as Thomas Shelby, the head of a local gang called the Peaky Blinders (named as all members sew razor blades into the peak of their caps). Together they are the town's most powerful criminal organisation but rivals, police, and IRA are fast on their tails.

I found the first episode to be quietly thrilling straight from the opening sequence, with gorgeous cinematography and an upbeat soundtrack boasting tracks from the likes of Nick Cave and Jack White. Strong performances from a stellar ensemble cast to introduce their characters and an episode ending that left me intrigued for the next one. After the screening finished, director Otto Bathurst, writer Steven Knight, and actors Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory took to the stage to further discuss the show and answer some questions.

Overall it was a wonderful night. It was so interesting to hear Cillian (who happens to be my all time favourite actor) elaborate on his thoughts and acting on Peaky Blinders and I definitely cannot wait to see the rest of this show.

Peaky Blinders premieres at 9pm September 12 on BBC2.

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