ⓘ Dirty Weekend, 1993 film. Dirty Weekend is a British film directed by Michael Winner, based on the novel of the same name by Helen Zahavi. It was banned from vi ..

Dirty Weekend (1993 film)

ⓘ Dirty Weekend (1993 film)

Dirty Weekend is a British film directed by Michael Winner, based on the novel of the same name by Helen Zahavi. It was banned from video release for two years by the BBFC for its violent and sexual content.


1. Synopsis

Set in the coastal town of Brighton, England, Dirty Weekend follows the story of Bella Lia Williams, a mild-mannered secretary who works from home in a basement flat. Soon, she finds herself the victim of Tim Rufus Sewell, a voyeur who watches her through her windows and plagues her with obscene phone calls in which he threatens to assault and rape her. After the police refuse to offer any assistance, Bella visits Nimrod Ian Richardson, an Iranian clairvoyant who suggests that she take matters into her own hands.

That night, Bella breaks into Tims flat while he is sleeping and batters him to death with a claw hammer. Empowered, Bella embarks on a dirty weekend in which she slaughters six more men by a variety of methods. Ultimately, she evades capture by the authorities and prepares to carry on her murderous rampage in the large, faceless city of London.


2. Production

Filming took place in the Notting Hill and Kensington areas of London and also in Brighton. The Internet Movie Database lists other locations. The gun shop scenes were filmed at Park Street Guns near St Albans; the country pub now demolished was the Grenville Lodge, East Burnham Beeches Buckinghamshire; and the dentist scenes were shot at a real dental practice in Twickenham, Greater London.

Theft of equipment was a problem during filming. While filming in Brighton, all the catering equipment was stolen and in Notting Hill Gate, a mobile kitchen with generator was stolen.


3. Critical reception

Halliwells Film Guide described Dirty Weekend as "a sleazy little tale of a female vigilante, directed and acted in a perfunctory, over-emphatic manner". Sheila Johnstons assessment of Dirty Weekend was also negative: "no window-dressing can hide the fact that an aura of indelible naffness hangs over the movie.the screenplay is hewn out from Helen Zahavis over-written novel with no concessions to the way people actually speak". Johnston argued Dirty Weekend was inferior to other female revenge films such as Ms. 45 and Lipstick. Johnston also criticised the making up of the white actor Richardson with "brownface" to portray a Middle Easterner. The Observer review claimed Dirty Weekend has "a certain factitious topicality", but went on to state "a work so bad in every way, and mostly risibly so, cannot be the focus of serious controversy". Brian Case, reviewing the film for Time Out, dismissed Dirty Weekend as "pretty rotten", and criticised Winners direction, stating it resembled "out-takes from local cinema advertising, which distances the audience from the material and indeed from wakefulness itself".


4. Cast

  • Ruby Milton: Mary
  • Ian Richardson: Nimrod
  • R J Bell: Man on Train
  • Michael Cule: Norman
  • Christopher Ryan: Small One
  • Lorraine Doyle: Secretary
  • Norman Mitchell: Repair Man
  • David McCallum: Reggie
  • Lia Williams: Bella
  • Jack Galloway: David
  • Sylvia Syms: Mrs Crosby
  • Miriam Kelly: Marion
  • Andrew Neil: Newsreader
  • David Schaal: Stan
  • Matthew Long: Gun Shop Assistant
  • Simone Hyams: Party Girl
  • Matthew Marsh: Bascombe
  • Christopher Adamson: Serial Killer
  • Neil Norman: Party Man
  • Sean Pertwee: The Quiet One
  • Mark Burns: Mr Brown
  • Rufus Sewell: Tim
  • Shaughan Seymour: Charles
  • Nicholas Hewetson: Bitter One
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