Catrin Cole (played by Gemma Arterton) appears married to a handsome but struggling artist/painter Ellis Cole (Jack Huston), and against his wishes decides to get a job in order to shore up the couple’s frail finances. She is hired as a writer to help the established writing team. Catrin is sent to investigate a potentially stirring tale of a pair of twin sisters who take their drink father’s boat to Dunkirk to help in the rescue, and concludes that, despite some serious issues, the material may make a flagship propaganda film.
Apparently the Riot Club is (loosely?) based on the real-life Oxford Bullingdon Club, which has had some (in)famous members like PM David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. It’s that kind of background that brings a level of interest to the movie: the first half or so the boys do an excellent job portraying themselves as proudly priviliged and spoilt twats that you love to hate. And that makes you wonder whether such people and behaviour still exists in the upper echelons of the British social hierarchy.