Skip to main content

ARMSTRONGS - THE MOVIE, THE

UK, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Documentaries)

Director: Fergus O'Brien

ARMSTRONGS - THE MOVIE, THE

“It's as if the producers went looking for a real-life David Brent [The Office] and found one with an evil sister.” - The Independent Husband 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

See also...

HIS BIG WHITE SELF

“I never thought in my worst nightmares that 14 years later I'd feel compelled to track down His Big White Self.” - filmmaker Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield's 1991 documentary, The Leader, His ... More »

DEEP WATER

Deep Water plumbs the fascinating depths of the first round-the-world solo yacht race, charting the determination, deceit and delusions of the participants. With his marine electronics business ... More »

LOST WORLD OF TIBET, THE

Recently restored colour films of Tibet shot in the 40s and 50s elucidate what this magnificent land was like before its brutal occupation by China. Now in exile in India, the Dalai Lama and 120,000 ... More »

Sargy Mann

An artist for all of his adult life, Sargy Mann accepts his total loss of vision late in life with admirable good grace and sets about readying a canvas for his first and, he presumes, last, ?blind ... More »

WITH GILBERT & GEORGE

“Each of our pictures is a kind of visual love letter from us to the viewer, and it's the space between the viewer and the picture which makes art.” - George ProuschJulian Cole's latest film ... More »

DAMNED IN THE U.S.A.

... ... This ambitious British documentary takes an unusual and refined look at the most recent and controversial cases of censorship in the United States. A number of senators are seen on their ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director