Red Riding Trilogy (2009)

Genres - Crime, Epic  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film  |   Release Date - Nov 11, 2009 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 305 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

This most unusual film project from Britain - which clocks in at just over 5 ½ hours - actually consists of three separate features, each by a different director and done in a unique style, recounting the search for the notorious Yorkshire Ripper - a serial killer who terrorized the female population of Yorkshire, England on and off between the mid-1970s and the very early 1980s. Screenwriter Tony Grisoni and directors Julian Jarrold (1974), James Marsh (1980) and Anand Tucker (1983) shape the material into an epic chronicle not simply about the Ripper, but about the depravity that lurks on all levels of society, turning up most potently in the interworkings of law enforcement, big business, clergy and organized crime. The trilogy originally aired on Britain's Channel Four network, but received a theatrical and on-demand release in the United States courtesy of IFC Films.