First Review Of The Runaway

The guardian have posted one of the first reviews of Runaway.. read below. Clips and captures of last nights episode will be up soon too!

It was quite a relief to turn to the explicit violence of the adaptation of Martina Cole’s bestseller The Runaway (Sky1), set in Cole’s preferred 1960s East End milieu. Kathy is the daughter of Madge, a good-time girl-come-prostitute, who takes up with Eamon. Eamon has a son called Eamon. Kathy and Eamon II grow up together and fall – necessarily secretly, what with the statutory definition of incest being quite far from the working one round them parts – in love.

Eamon II gradually wanders into the gangster hinterlands and, after he shoots a man beating up his friend, is taken up by the local Mr Big. Kathy, meanwhile, kills the man beating up her mother and is taken up by the police. The detective in charge tells Kathy to say she was raped by her victim, and, helpfully, bruises her thighs to support her story – and then frames Madge for the murder. It’s a world of limited choices and bleak prospects – a furious EastEnders with a genuinely hard edge.

It’s all brilliantly, brutally done. The script is workmanlike – the plot’s the thing – but the wonderful cast (including Keith Allen as the hardman, Kierston Wareing as Madge, and with the likes of Alan Cumming and Ken Stott still to come) punches well above its weight. Like any bloodied masochist in the ring, you know you’ll be coming back next week for more of the same.


Posted on April 1st, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Articles, Television Projects, The Runaway
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Kierston Wareing loves dark side

Kierston Wareing has confessed she loves “the dark side” when choosing roles.

The Fish Tank star plays what she describes as a “psycho” in new black comedy thriller Four, about a man who hires someone to help kidnap his wife’s lover to get revenge for the affair.

Kierston, who plays the wife, revealed: “To be honest, don’t get me wrong I’d love to do lighter stuff as well, but I love the dark side and I love doing heavy stuff, and what really attracted me to her was I’ve always wanted to play a psycho.”

She added: “She changes all the time and you think ‘oh God, I wouldn’t want to mix with her, not even as a friend’ and I’ve always wanted to play that sort of character.

“She’s very intelligent, quite in control, everyone wants control of the situation, but she’s a psycho.”

The film, from first time director John Langridge, also stars Sean Pertwee as the hired detective, Martin Compston as the lover and Craig Conway as Kierston’s husband.

Kierston said filming was very intense, but before she took the role she was worried about being the only woman.

She said: “It’s been very very intense. It’s been the most challenging job I’ve done so far in terms of the dialogue.

“Whilst I was in it I was so worried thinking ‘this is the hardest thing I’ve done’. I wasn’t really thinking I was the only girl on set, I just wanted to get through the scenes.”

Four is due out later this year.

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 by Samantha • Category: Articles, Four, Movie Projects
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