1hr 35mins
Dir: Malcolm Venville
Starring: John Hurt and Ray Winstone

A jealous husband and his friends kidnap his wife’s lover with the intention of restoring his wounded ego

This dark, brooding, and cynical crime noir is not for the faint-hearted, but if one is prepared to overlook the frequent profanities (you have been warned) then one will be amazed at the intensity of the film. Except for a few outdoor shots that are used to fill in the story, 44 Inch Chest takes place almost entirely within the confines of a dilapidated building, giving it the feel of a stage play – and a very good stage play at that. We are also rewarded with some brief shots of trains. The first is of a Class 319 EMU on Blackfriars Bridge, whilst the second is a shot of trains passing over a railway bridge at night, thought to be in the Bermondsey area of southeast London. The trains in this second scene consist of an unidentified EMU and a Network Rail Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), the latter being a very rare glimpse of a track maintenance machine. MPV’s are largely used for sandite laying and leaf-busting in the autumn and winter months.

Despite its poor quality, this shot shows a Thameslink Class 319 EMU on Blackfriars Bridge
Crossing the road at the top of this shot is an unidentified EMU
After the EMU has crossed the bridge, the unmistakable outline of a Windhoff MPV passes in the other direction.