Mysterious Child Abductions in Northern England in the 1970s & 80s Spawn Tales of the Yorkshire Ripper

The RED RIDING Trilogy follows the story of the "Yorkshire Ripper" through three feature films including one by director James Marsh (Oscar winner MAN ON WIRE). Its getting some great reviews so we thought we would give Cinematheque audiences a chance to see the Trilogy back to back on Saturday, March 20th. Everyone who buys tickets to see all three will not only get a discount, but also a souvenir road show booklet on the film. Ready for a little British noir?

"The brooding soundtrack of 1980 pays subtle tribute to the music of Throbbing Gristle and Joy Division which colours and informs the novel. The Red Riding trilogy as a whole is like a piece of post-punk music. It demands to be replayed many times, and each new viewing reveals more depth and nuance."- Mark Fisher, Frieze Magazine

March 18-21:

Critic's Buzz Special Screenings:


RED RIDING: 1974, 2009, IFC Films, 105 min. Dir. Julian Jarrold. Inspired by the novels of David Peace, part one of the trilogy centers on Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield), a rookie journalist who returns to his Yorkshire home town, where ten-year-old Clare Kemplay (a figurative Red Riding Hood, seen in a red hoodie) has just been abducted. Seeing a possible link to two other local missing children, Eddie throws himself into a spiriling investigation of child abductions and murders that leads him to suspect that there’s a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power. With David Morrissey and Rebecca Hall.

RED RIDING: 1980, 2009, IFC Films, 96 min. Director James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE) continues the narrative for part two of the trilogy. With the police and public still baffled that the "Ripper" remains at large and may have inspired a copycat killer, veteran police officer Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine) is called in from Manchester to take over the investigation. While struggling with scandal and tragedy in his personal life, his new theories about the case only incite growing opposition to his involvement.

RED RIDING: 1983, 2009, IFC Films, 104 min. Dir. Anand Tucker. When yet another young girl is kidnapped, Detective Maurice Jobson (David Morrissey) notices a number of powerful similarities to the abduction cases he had investigated back in the ’70s for which a man was convicted and sentenced. Meanwhile, a reluctant local solicitor, John Piggott (Mark Addy), decides to take up the condemned man’s cause.

"To view this gritty, gripping series is to enter a devil's bargain: Watch and you'll never forget." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"…the most striking dramas of this decade, towering above the usual costume epics and routine police procedurals. Indeed, in their use of setting and landscape the Red Riding films attain an expressionist naturalism that exceeds practically anything British cinema has achieved in the past 30 years." - Mark Fisher, Frieze Magazine

Special 'Trilogy' Ticket Price $25 for all three films. For individual admissions, normal prices apply.

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Thurs, March 18 - 7:30 PM | RED RIDING: 1974

Friday, March 19 - 7:30 PM | RED RIDING: 1980

Saturday, March 20 - 5 PM | RED RIDING: 1974

Saturday, March 20 - 7:30 PM | RED RIDING: 1980

Saturday, March 20 - 9:30 PM | RED RIDING: 1983

Sunday, March 21 - 4 PM | RED RIDING: 1983