Brighton on Film: Crime Town (2005)

Old Police Cells Museum, Brighton Town Hall

The history of Brighton on film is marked by the spectacle of Brighton as a crime-town. Films including The Brighton Strangler (1945) Brighton Rock (1948) Jigsaw (1962) all depict a town of corruption and violence in contrast with Brighton’s tourist identity.

If you’ve never found yourselves in police cells on a Saturday morning, then here was your chance. In the atmospheric location of the cells in the former Brighton Police Station, Professor Steve Chibnall of De Montfort University gave a presentation with film extracts exploring Brighton’s screen life of crime.