Jonathan Glazer’s pitch-black comedy, a parody of kinky, hard-bitten British gangster films in the vein of Performance and Get Carter, stormed the box office in 2000. Ben Kingsley’s spittle-flecked performance as the bloodthirsty sociopath Don Logan was based, in Kingsley’s own words, on his grandmother, who he described as a “vile and extremely unpleasant woman”.
About Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston. He’s published 11 novels, three of which (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island) have been made into award-winning films. Lehane’s work has been translated into twenty-two languages. He has been a staff writer on HBO’s The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and adapted his short story Animal Rescue, into a feature film called The Drop for Fox Searchlight, which was released September 2014. He and his wife and children divide their time between Boston and Los Angeles.