• Michael Field

Forgotten Cinema: From Hell


It's the end of 2020 and what better way to ring in the new year with a film whose title neatly sums up this past year, From Hell, the 2001 film directed by The Hughes Brothers and starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Robbie Coltrane and Ian Holm.


Mike Field and Mike Butler talk about people's fascination with Jack the Ripper and how this film blends together the many different theories behind the who and why of this infamous killer. They discuss the set design and coloring of the film, making it look as though 19th century London was indeed Hell. The Mikes reveal this film is adapted from an Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name, from which the writers pulled the wholly unnecessary (and useless) character trait of psychic ability for Depp's Detective Abberline. Butler breaks down Depp and Graham's use of accents in their roles, while Field readily admits that he'd never make it in 19th Century London.


So grab your glass of champagne and make some resolutions, please notice 2020 is in the rearview, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema.


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