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City of Tiny Lights (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 26 July 2017 (USA)
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In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.

Director:

Pete Travis

Writer:

Patrick Neate
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Tommy Akhtar
Billie Piper ... Shelley
James Krishna Floyd ... Lovely (as James Floyd)
Cush Jumbo ... Melody
Roshan Seth ... Farzad Akhtar
Hannah Rae ... Emma
Antonio Aakeel ... Young Lovely
Reiss Kershi Reiss Kershi ... Young Tommy
Vincent Regan ... Tall Man / Schaeffer
Danny Webb ... DS Cal Donnely
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ... Trinidad Pete
Damson Idris ... Hakim
Branko Tomovic ... Big John
George Sargeant George Sargeant ... Stuart
Alexander Siddig ... Al-Dabaran
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Storyline

'City Of Tiny Lights' is a witty gumshoe in contemporary (sub)urban London. When Asian Private Eye, Tommy Akhtar, is put on the trail of missing hooker, Sexy Russian, he begins to expose a series of dark secrets that reveal uncomfortable truths about Tommy's own past and London itself. Written by NDF International

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People call me a snoop. They call me a lot worse. Broken marriages, missing kids. Nothing major, just the sacred and profane. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,903
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to director Pete Travis, Riz Ahmed was his only choice for the lead role, and wouldn't have done the film if Ahmed had refused. Luckily, Ahmed accepted the role, and by the time the film went into production, his clout as an actor had increased dramatically. See more »

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Written by Shem McCauley & Peter Gabriel
Performed by Slacker
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd & Real World Music Ltd
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North American audiences won't understand much of this film
25 September 2016 | by michaeljtrubicSee all my reviews

Me and many others rushed out of the premiere frustrated that the dialog was both in comprehensible and overwhelmed by background noise. Much of the film takes place on London streets, nightclubs and other noisy places. The thick London accents together with all of the background noises serve to frustrate the audience's ability to understand the dialog and with it, the plot.

The lack of audible speech limits us to follow the actors using visible cues, this doesn't work because the film of course is a mystery. I wondered if the digital print that the film festival received had subtitles attached - it might have saved the movie for many who attended.

I think the next time I see a premiere that is so audibly frustrating I will cry out for subtitles and hopefully the projectionist will do something.

Unfortunately, I recommend everyone wait for a DVD version with subtitles.

Very disappointed.


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