28 Jul '11, 2am

Brighton, now with Rockers and Mods: Published in 1938, his classic novel Brighton Rock dealt with the flipside

Brighton, now with Rockers and Mods: Published in 1938, his classic novel Brighton Rock dealt with the flipside

Brighton in the 1930s wasn’t a particularly cheery place to live – at least according to Graham Greene . Published in 1938, his classic novel Brighton Rock dealt with the flipside of the dapper, glitzy seaside town bursting with tourist attractions and swarming with day-trippers. In Greene’ darker, grittier Brighton, it takes skill to navigate the tangled web of gang affiliations and old grievances in a world where switchblades are pulled at the drop of a hat and rival mobs clash over accidental murders and protection money . Beneath its saccharine veneer lurks a very different Brighton. This isn’t the first time Brighton Rock ’s been adapted for the big screen – the first film , directed by John Boulting and released in 1947, is considered a classic and stands at number 15 on the British Film Institute ’s list of the 100 best British films ever . Why fix what isn’t broken...

Full article: http://theurbanwire.com/2011/07/28/brighton-now-with-rock...

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