Set amongst the privileged elite of Oxford University, THE RIOT CLUB follows Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin), two first year students determined to join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. The story focuses on the fictional elite Oxford University dining society, dubbed the Riot Club, which holds clandestine meetings in a private room at a pub.
THE RIOT CLUB is directed by Lone Scherfig, who most recently helmed 'One Day', and the Best Picture Academy Award nominee 'An Education'. It is produced by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures ('The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', 'Seven Psychopaths').
Screenwriter Laura Wade has adapted her critically-acclaimed play, 'Posh', with development support from the BFI Film Fund and Film4. 'Posh' premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2010, before transferring to the West End.
The Riot Club takes obvious inspiration from the real-life Bullingdon Club. Scherfig herself, however, denies any direct link between the film’s characters and, say, members of the current government. Which is probably just as well considering the bloody violence that plays out in their wood-panelled club house.
“No, not at all,” says the Danish director. “Also, if you see things that are horrific in this film you shouldn't blame the Bullingdon Club. Or the other way around... You may see things that are charming in [The Riot Club] and think maybe that is the way the Bullingdon Club is as well!”
The aim, according to Scherfig, is to make a broader film about power and class - one that grips and amuses, as well as provokes. “It’s more dynamic and energetic and dramatic and tough than the films I've done previously.”
Audiences can find out for themselves when The Riot Club opens in UK cinemas on September 19, starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Olly Alexander, Freddie Fox, Sam Reid, Jessica Brown Findlay and Natalie Dormer.