Red Riding

Synopsis: In 1974, Eddie Dunford, comes home from South England and gets a job as a cub reporter for the Yorkshire Post. A schoolgirl has gone missing, and Eddie suspects it's one of several crimes dating back six years; the police think not and blame gypsies. Eddie digs; the police stonewall him then two of them beat him after he visits the widowed mother of one of the girls missing for a few years. When a child's body turns up at a construction site of local building magnate John Dawson, Eddie has another thread to pull. By now, he's begun an affair with Paula, the widowed mom, and he suspects collusion among Dawson, the police, and his newspaper - but what are they covering up?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Julian Jarrold
Production: Revolution Films
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
NOT RATED
Year:
2009
102 min
Website
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1 OMITTED OMITTED 1

2 EXT. LEEDS - DUSK 2

Blue blue skies. Fluffy white clouds drift... Down through

the clouds to the dusk over the doleful city. The red sun

sinks. Darkness draws in.

RED RIDING:

NINETEEN SEVENTY FOUR

3 EXT. DAWSON CONSTRUCTION SITE, DEVIL’S DITCH - NIGHT 3

A silent, frozen night. We are drawn as in a nightmare - down

a lane signposted to: DEVIL’S DITCH... Past half-built houses

and dormant earth moving vehicles. Everything iced over... A

white feather flutters on the ground... Down into the

building site...

To the black trough of the foundations. We glimpse: in the

very bottom amongst the rusting rods embedded in concrete -

the lovely head, shoulders and wing of A DEAD ANGEL.

WAKEFIELD:

The Year of Our Lord 1974

The image scratches. The colour bleeds.

4 OMITTED 4

5 INT/EXT. VIVA / M1 MOTORWAY - DAY 5

Rain sluices across the windscreen. Sparks on the radio:

“This town ain’t big enough for the both of us...”

A stuffed holdall on the back seat. A black jacket sways from

a hook. 5 inch lapels. An old wrist watch on the dash. Fag

smoked down to the tip - used to light a fresh one.

EDDIE DUNFORD - youthful, ambitious, libidinous. Elongated

shirt collar and kipper tie. Booming down the M1. Headed

North. Singing along.

He checks the time.

EDDIE:

F*ck.

F*cked and he’s only just started. He drives like a demon.

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6 INT. CONFERENCE ROOM, WAKEFIELD POLICE STATION - DAY 6

Eddie, late and sweating. Editor, BILL HADLEY, grey beard,

grey eyes, is talking to an owlish, bespectacled man -

DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT MAURICE JOBSON. Hadley looks

pointedly at his watch.

HADLEY:

Sorry to hear about your father,

Edward.

EDDIE:

Thanks, Mr. Hadley. He had a good

innings.

HADLEY:

(to Jobson)

This is Detective Superintendent

Jobson. Mr. Dunford’s hoping to be

the Post’s new Crime Correspondent.

They shake hands.

MAURICE JOBSON:

I’ve always got along very well

with Jack Whitehead...

EDDIE:

(gritted teeth)

Good old Jack.

HADLEY:

Mr. Dunford’ll be standing in.

Trial period.

Jobson watches Eddie head through the smoky room packed with

beery JOURNOS. TV lights, notebooks, memo recorders.

MAURICE JOBSON:

Local man?

HADLEY:

Cut his teeth at our Yorkshire

Post. Been down South.

MAURICE JOBSON:

Young Turk, then.

HADLEY:

Made a pig’s ear of it down there

as I understand.

Eddie shoves his way down a row of chairs. Faces he knows and

who we’ll meet later. An old girlfriend mouths ‘hello’ spaniel

eyes - KATHRYN TYLER.

EDDIE:

Kath.

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Eddie sits beside BARRY GANNON - skinny, single, obsessed.

BARRY:

She’s serious. Sad eyes never lie.

EDDIE:

F*ck off, Barry. That’s history.

BARRY:

Here, funeral’s in 2 hours. It’s

going to be tight.

EDDIE:

We’ll make it.

BARRY:

How’s your mother?

EDDIE:

You know, bearing up.

BARRY:

Yorkshire lass through and through.

EDDIE:

(checks round)

Where’s Whitehead?

BARRY:

Jack? On the piss probably. Don’t

worry, son, you got your legs well

under the table. Just do the job.

EDDIE:

Yeah. F*ck him. He’s not getting in

on this one.

BARRY:

Aye up, the Owl’s on.

Up front, Maurice Jobson takes the stage with DETECTIVE CHIEF

SUPERINTENDENT BILL MOLLOY - late 50s, a big man, a dangerous

man. They flank a POLICE WOMAN and a crumpled couple: MR. and

MRS. KEMPLAY.

Beside them is an enlarged school photograph of a smiling 10

year old girl against a backdrop of a blue sky with fluffy

white clouds. We recognise her as the Dead Angel. Eddie

switches on his memo recorder.

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