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Benjamin Unclassified 18+

Director: Simon Amstell Country: UK (2018)
Language: English

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A fable of faltering romance and a withering satire of the artistic temperament from UK comic Simon Amstell.

On the verge of releasing the follow-up to his BAFTA-winning debut, gangly film prodigy Benjamin (Merlin’s Colin Morgan) is crippled with self-doubt. He skulks between London clubs and galleries, wired and neurotic and cracking jokes. When he falls for aloof French singer Noah (Phénix Brossard), he wonders: ‘Could it get any worse?’

In his debut writing and directing feature, acclaimed UK comic, Never Mind The Buzzcocks host and filmmaker Simon Amstell sharply examines creative and romantic angst. Benjamin’s string of absurd encounters with performance artists, comedians and musicians in London’s pretentious art scene is painfully true to life. But when it comes to love, Benjamin and Noah’s awkward courtship blossoms with enormous empathy and heart.

Of course, Benjamin might well be titled Simon. In mining his life, Amstell has created a tender and knowing exploration of self-sabotage and self-acceptance.

“Simon Amstell’s funny, charming and overpoweringly personal comedy is a nervous romance, in which both parties get to be Annie Hall … a miraculously heartfelt love story, sweet and poignant in all its awkwardness.” – The Guardian

Tickets

4541
Sun 11 Aug 4:00 pm [4541]
Benjamin (85 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
0921
Sun 18 Aug 6:30 pm [0921]
Benjamin (85 mins)
Cinema Nova Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Colin Morgan, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine, Joel Fry, Phenix Brossard, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermonde (hello to Jason Isaacs)
Director
Simon Amstell
Producer
Dominic Dromgoole
Screenwriter
Simon Amstell
Cinematographer
David Pimm
Composer
James Righton
Editor
Robin Peters
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Wildstar Sales

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