Michael Longhi in BFI's NIGHT BUS premiers tonight 14.10.2014
A double-decker bus weaves through London’srain-glistened, near-deserted night streets. Gradually we meet the peopleonboard, of all different ages and nationalities: competitive work colleaguesand jaded partners; loud drunks and cheeky fare dodgers; a long-sufferingdriver and random strangers who strike up the unlikeliest of conversations.
Even if you’ve never taken a London night bus (though especially if you have),big city dwellers will recognise the ebb and flow of a bustling metropolis’nocturnal rhythms and the often-enforced intimacy of public transport.
Beautifully shot, with an evocative score, writer-director Simon Baker backshis perceptive, very funny script with a revolving cast of largely unknown butassured performers. Together they’ve arrived with an impressive, trulyindependent British film – a fascinating snapshot of modern London on the movein all its defiant, cussed and vibrant diversity. It’s a ride well worthgetting onboard.