The WHITE HOTEL Presents: A Q&A With Screenwriter Tony Grisoni

The White Hotel, Salford

Saturday, 8 Apr 2017 – Sunday, 9 Apr 2017

14:00 – 04:00

On Saturday April 8th in the year of our Lord, 2017, TWH (M3 7LW), Manchester, will host the screenwriter Tony Grisoni (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Red Riding, The Young Pope) for an hour-long Q&A with writer, Austin Collings at 2pm, followed by a special 5-hour screening of the full Red Riding Trilogy (1974, 1983, 1980), adapted from David Peace’s quartet of novels. The night will then close with a darkly fitting DJ set by the composer Funki Porcini.

"Red Riding is better than The Godfather...Turn on the telly. You’re less alone with the telly on, and less given to the thought that there are types of loss and anger and betrayal that might have you shouting in the streets. So Red Riding is a deeper pool than The Godfather, but it doesn’t encourage swimming.” - David Thomson - New York Review of Books

Kicking off TWH’s new series of alternative Q&A’s fixated on THE ART OF CRIME/THE CRIME OF ART, Tony Grisoni fits the bill perfectly. He is a charismatic public speaker who knows his shit.

Featuring the likes of Andrew Garfield, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Rebecca Hall, David Morrissey – to name a few - the Red Riding Trilogy – originally aired on CH4 in 2009, over 3 hour-and-a-half weekly episodes. Ambitious and moving, it captured the literal horror of David Peace’s sweeping take on Yorkshire in the 70s and 80s, with epic skill.

This was period TV with guts, laying bare an England that was never innocent, set amongst a backdrop of common-law misogyny and paranoia, where bent cops, bent councillors, bent priests, troubled newspaper hacks, petrified rent-boys and a general public mingle in fear and awe at the Yorkshire Ripper (Peter Sutcliffe): the brutal ruler of people’s day and night-mares. Here, the glasses are less rose-tinted and more murkily smeared by cig’ smoke and political pollution.

Grisoni and the three directors – Julian Jarrold (1974), James Marsh (1980) and Anand Tucker (1983) - who came together to magic this stunning and original piece of work into our often-abused living rooms may well have been constructing a comment on the twisted times we live in now; where corruption is a by-law of capitalism, something to be celebrated and proudly passed-on in the eyes of the powerful elites.

Join us at THE WHITE HOTEL, for the day/night as we discuss these timely themes and threads relating to the landmark TV series itself. Let us throw you back to the bleak future with one of our finest screenwriters and then let rip with the killer cuts of Funki Porcini.


The White Hotel , Dickinson Street , Salford