Will it be the star-studded cast that includes the four new young British pearls of the moment: Max Irons (here our portrait), Sam Claflin (here his next amazing project), Freddie Fox and Douglas Booth.
Or will it be that the story told by Laura Wade and brought to the big screen by Lone Scherfig (An Education) has a perverse and intriguing because of.
The fact remains: Posh is one of the most anticipated movies of the year in the British territory.
The play was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre downstairs during the 2010 General Election, where audiences and critics weren’t shy in drawing comparisons between the fictional Riot Club and the Bullingdon Club, of which Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson were members.
Posh tells the story of ten members of The Riot Club, an exclusive Oxford University dining club, have rented out a country pub’s for their last dinner.
As the members get drunk and rowdy their bullying of each other gets worse.
First Guy, inspired by his godfather Jeremy, a former Riot Club member and now a Tory MP, tries to impress the boys with a ten bird roast.
Then they try to force Rachel (a prostitute that they hired for the night starred by Jessica Brown Findlay) to kiss them all.
She runs out and they wreck the room. Chris (the landlord of the pub) bursts in outraged and the members assault him, knocking him out.
Horrified, they panic and bar the door, despite the landlord being seriously hurt.
They all agree to pin the blame on Alistair (Sam Claflin), who has consistently riled them throughout the night.
They agree that, as they will all end up being successful, they will look after Alistair after university and make sure they ‘see him right’.
Weeks later Alistair meets with Jeremy who has successfully managed to weaken the charge against him and effectively get him off the hook.
Intrigued by Alistair’s politics, Guy’s godfather promises Alistair that he will be keeping a close eye on him in future and that he has high hopes for him.
The movie shooting took place in Oxford in May and June of 2013.
In July there have been many controversy around the project.
Conservative MPs have cried foul over the British Film Institute‘s decision to fund a new movie portraying the drunken exploits of the notorious Bullingdon Club, which once counted David Cameron and Boris Johnson as members.
Ilford North MP Lee Scott told to the Mail: “I have to question the timing and motive in awarding Lottery money for what looks like a politically biased film to be released on the eve of the next general election” and Conservative Angie Bray added: “This looks like revenge for George Osborne cutting film industry subsidies”.
But the BFI, said that Posh is an excellent example of a British story told by a first-time British screenwriter, with British producers and featuring a cast of young British actors. And nothing more.
Soon after was the rector of the Oxford University to add insult to injury.
He accused the film of endangering the number of enrollments at the University discrediting with a legend, the good name of the school.
In September, when he was on stage with Farragut North (here our review), Max Irons (here his next movie) said:“I think it’s interesting that we’re doing this film, which hopefully will shed a bit of light on the fact that people who are now running the country and throwing kids in jail for smashing shop windows in fact did the very same thing when their were at their age. In fact, slightly older. Except they’d been afforded every privilege known to man. So, I think hopefully it’ll mean that a few more conversations about Bullingdon Club and what those guys got up when they were younger”.
In the cast also Josh O’Connor (on stage in Farragut North with Max Irons, and now at the Donmar with the new play Versailles) and Sam Reid (now on Despite the Falling Snow set, read here all the news about the movie, with Rebecca Ferguson and Londoner Dracula‘s star Oliver Jackson Cohen).
Posh will be released on September 19th in Uk and Ireland.
“You think the country’s gone to the dogs and we’re going with it, but you’re wrong. You can’t turn a ship around on a sixpence, you know? It’s going to take a while, there’s a longer game to be played and we’ll play it together”.