UK, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)
Director: Fergus O'Brien
“It's as if the producers went looking for a real-life David Brent [The Office] and found one with an evil sister.” - The IndependentHusband and wife team John and Ann Armstrong run U-Fit, Coventry's third-largest double-glazing company. They are the typical small business owners: Hard-working, driven to succeed against the odds… and innately distrustful of their employees. From spying on their workers using phone taps and hidden cameras to hiring a Zimbabwean motivational guru, the Armstrongs' lurch from one oddball scheme to the next in their quest for success.Condensed from a 12-part BBC documentary series, The Armstrongs almost makes the fictional comedic stylings of The Office redundant as the real-life antics of John and Ann and their absurdly dysfunctional workplace provide a constant source of unintentional hilarity.
D/P Fergus O'Brien WS BBC TD digibeta/2006/90mins