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Brian and Charles Unclassified 15+

Director: Jim Archer
Origin: UK (2021)
Language: English

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A crowd favourite at Sundance, Brian and Charles is a quirky, cheerful comedy about robots, cabbages and friendship.

During a harsh and lonely winter a few years back, Brian Gittins discovered he has a knack for building things. Ever since, he’s passed his time making stuff: if you need an egg belt or a flying cuckoo clock, he’s got just the thing. His latest project is his most ambitious yet: combining DIY gumption, a washing machine and a salvaged mannequin’s head, Brian successfully builds a sentient robot. Self-identifying as Charles Petrescu, the childlike android quickly becomes besties with his creator. But like all children, Charles will eventually become that most disturbing of monsters: a teenager.

Less Frankenstein and more Wallace (sans Gromit), Brian and Charles expands director Jim Archer’s award-winning short film of the same name, elaborating on its delightful low-key humour and big-hearted eccentricities. Written by and starring David Earl and Chris Hayward, it tacks an understated mockumentary approach onto a homemade sci-fi frame constructed from gentle absurdity and deadpan hilarity. Earl’s Brian garners empathy as the delighted, and despairing, parental figure, while Hayward imbues the seven-foot Charles with an endearing pathos. Together, they’ll help each other find love, fight bullies and learn the true meaning of family.

“A delight: a happy-go-lucky story about found family, or in this case a created one.” – The Film Stage


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Please note: The Tuesday 9 August screening will be a Crybaby Session. Click here to find out more about Access at MIFF 70.

Tickets

Sun 07 Aug 1:45 pm [18151]
Hoyts 10
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Tue 09 Aug 10:00 am [15240]
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Kino 1
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Sun 14 Aug 6:45 pm [25541]
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Sun Theatre Yarraville
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Key Cast
Chris Hayward, David Earl, Louise Brealey
Director
Jim Archer
Producer
Rupert Majendie
Screenwriters
Chris Hayward, David Earl
Cinematographer
Murren Tullet
Editor
Jo Walker
Costume Designer
Gabriela Yiaxis
Production Designer
Hannah Purdy Foggin
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
Distributor: Park Circus

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