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FILM SCREENINGS

FEATURE FILM

BRIAN AND
CHARLES

An endearing outlier, Brian lives alone in a Welsh valley, inventing oddball contraptions that seldom work. After finding a discarded mannequin head, Brian gets an idea. Three days, a washing machine, and sundry spare parts later, he’s invented Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and proves a charming, cheeky companion. Before long, however, Charles also develops autonomy. Intrigued by the wider world — or whatever lies beyond the cottage where Brian has hidden him away — Charles craves adventure.

Jim Archer’s imaginative, heartwarming comedy about loneliness and friendship works because its characters are emotionally layered and genuine. That we forget Charles isn’t “real” is testament to the physicality and voice of actor Chris Hayward, who co-wrote the screenplay. In building somebody to keep him company, Brian (British comedian and co-writer David Earl) ironically finds the self-worth to talk to Hazel, a timid neighbor he likes. But — with playful echoes of Frankenstein — he also fails to realize the emotional, developmental needs of his creation until it puts them all in danger.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

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Jim Archer

Jim Archer cut his teeth shooting comedy sketches with friends before writing and directing his debut short film in 2014. He went on to receive three Vimeo Staff Picks for his subsequent shorts alongside numerous other festival awards and nominations, culminating in winning gold at the Young Director Awards in Cannes for the short film version of Brian and Charles.

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SCREENING TIME

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2022 | 19.00

CREDITS

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David Earl
Chris Hayward
Louise Brealey
Jim Archer
Rupert Majendie
Mary Burke
Lauren Dark
Damian Jones
John Palfery Smith
Daniel Pemberton    
Murren Tullett
Jo Walker
Catherine Willis
Hannah Purdy Foggin
Jo Scholar
UK
English (with English subtitles)
90 minutes

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