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Bellman and True

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Richard Loncraine

  • 15

  • 150 mins

  • 1987

  • UK

  • English

  • 35mm

Bernard Hill, Derek Newark, Richard Hope, Ken Bones, Kieran O'Brien

  • Director of Photography: Ken Westbury

  • Editor: Paul Green

  • Produced by: Christopher Neame, Michael Wearing

  • Music: Colin Towns

  • Screenplay by: Desmond Lowden, Richard Loncraine, Michael Wearing

  • Production Designer: Jon Bunker

Director Bio

Richard Loncraine

Director Bio

Richard Loncraine (b. 1946) is a British  director. He studied sculpture at the Central School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. He received early training in the features department of the BBC. In 1996, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival for Richard III.


Opening on a train arriving in ghostly slow-motion to an ominous piano soundtrack, it’s clear from the outset that this story of a father and son embroiled in a bank robbery is no ordinary crime cinema. Focusing on the emotional side of the formula and making the most of star Bernard Hill’s extraordinary naturalism, director Richard Loncraine turns the British thriller inside-out to deliver a tense, haunting drama with an offbeat sense of humour and flashes of a brutal edge.

Print courtesy of the BFI National Archive.

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