Sep 13, 2014

From the movie The Riot Club: I'm sick to death of poor people!

Directed by Lone Scherfig and based on the play Posh (2010) by Laura Wade.

The Riot Club may seem to be about money, Britain and traditional political ideas. A deeper studying reveals that the movie exposes the consequences of the hierarchical Western tradition; a structure that is usually hidden. In other words it is not about class, it is about the idea that classes are necessary.
  In Britain this problem is talked about more or less openly. In harsher nations like Sweden the default or standard hierarchical order of anything is protected by a strict taboo; to guarantee that the existing ideals and the so called democratic system can prevail.

Watch it online: The Riot Club

Old boy's club still dominates public life, according to major new report A “cosy club” of people educated at private schools and Oxbridge still dominates politics, the judiciary and media, and locks out talented people from more modest backgrounds, according to Government advisers, Andrew Grice, Political Editor, The Independent, Aug 28, 2014

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones – review
'Who you know' still matters, but more important now is what you believe, argues this wide-ranging investigation of British elites, David Runciman, The Guardian, Sep 10, 2014

The Riot Club: Behind the scenes Laura Wade's play Posh, satirising the excesses of Oxford's elite The Bullingdon Club, caused a stir when it opened before the last general election. Four years on it has become a film, Sally Williams, The Telegraph, Aug 30, 2014:
   "At the film’s core is our fascination with class, Wade says. ‘I think we love watching rich people behave badly. It has a sort of grisly fascination for us.’ It also asks a deeper question. ‘The boys we are watching are the kinds of people who will go on to hold positions of power."

Young, rich and drunk The Bullingdon Club draws its all-male members by secret ballot from Oxford University's social elite. Barney Ronay explains the raucous rituals that unite this band of yobbish toffs, The Guardian, May 9, 2008

The Riot Club, film review: Brutishness and snobbery with no humanity or humour,
Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, Sep 18, 2014

The Riot Club, review: 'hilarious but lacking political bite', A parody of the Oxford Bullingdon Club from the director of An Education presents a lewdly behaved gathering of young British thesps, says Tim Robey, The Telegraph, Sep 18, 2014

The posh club, About this series: As The Riot Club, adapted from Laura Wade's hit play Posh, is released in cinemas, G2 examines what it means to be posh now, The Guardian, first published Sep 21, 2014.

The Riot Club, offical movie website

Update Oct 20, 2015:

Decadence and Madness at the Top: Inside Britain's Secretive Bullingdon Club, They drink heavily, shatter champagne flutes and smash furniture -- before moving on to positions of leadership. The elite Bullingdon Club is an exclusive haven for Britain's rich and powerful. But members don't like to talk about it, Christoph Scheuermann, Spiegel International, Oct 15, 2015


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