Harley Johnston: City Of Tiny Lights (London Film Festival)

Date - 13 October, 2016, All News Film Opening Nights
Harley Johnston | Sainou Talent Agency London

City Of Tiny Lights opens tonight at the London Film Festival, with Harley Johnston as Stilla.

Working from Patrick Neate’s adaptation of his own novel, Pete Travis (Dredd, Omagh) delivers a taut, hard-boiled crime thriller set in contemporary multicultural London. Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed, soon to be seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is a private eye who lives with his father (Roshan Seth), a cricket obsessive who dissects games in crisp, precise RP English. When Melody (Cush Jumbo) approaches Tommy to find a friend who’s gone missing, he becomes embroiled in a case that stirs up his past and sets him against his neighbourhood’s radical mosque.

City of Tiny Lights is sharp genre cinema with rich topical musings, taking in the ruthlessness of commercial development in London, and multiculturalism’s successes and failures, while never sacrificing narrative drive. Seth and Ahmed imbue the father and son relationship with great tenderness, while the rest of the cast, which also includes Billie Piper, James Floyd and Hannah Rae, add depth and nuance. The result is a thrilling, modern London-noir.

For more information about City Of Tiny Lights, click here.

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