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Submarine – First pic from Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2010


Richard Ayoade is the great comedy actor from The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Now he has turned his eye to directing (after doing some music videos for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys) – I posted him chatting about this way back in October 2008.

It stars Paddy Considine and Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate and here is what that character has to say:

I have been waiting too long for the film of my life. My name is Oliver Tate. This film will capture my particular idiosyncrasies, for example, the way I seduce my classmate Jordana Bevan using only my mind. Also, since my parents’ marriage is being threatened by a man who runs courses on Mental and Physical Wellbeing, the film will probably feature some elaborate set-pieces of me taking him down. There will be helicopter shots. There will be slow-mo, but also transcendent moments, like when I cure my father’s depression. Knowing me as I do, I will be surprised if this film runs to less than three hours. Note to the press: appropriate adjectives to describe this film include “breath-taking” and “irresistible” as well the phrase: “a monumental achievement”.

Source: Twitch

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Bunny and the Bull – Clip from film by The Mighty Boosh chaps

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2009

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I first posted some photos about this film by Paul King way back in February and now we finally have some footage from the film. It stars Edward Hogg as Stephen, Simon Farnaby as Bunny and Verónica Echegui as Eloisait. It also features Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, Garth Merenghi’s Dark Place), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd) and Julian Barrett (The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley)

Bunny & The Bull is a comedy road movie set entirely in a flat. Stephen Turnbull hasn’t been outside in months, and when he finds his mind hurtling back to the disastrous trek around Europe he undertook with his friend Bunny a catalogue of adventures unfold. Stephen’s flat becomes the springboard for an extraordinary odyssey through lands made up of snapshots and souvenir replica landmarks within his imagination. Bunny and the Bull is a touching and beautiful journey to the end of the room.

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UPDATED: New Photo of Michael Myers from Halloween 2

Posted by LiveFor on May 22, 2009

This image from Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 is a preview of a film clip that will air this Sunday on MTV.

UPDATE: Thanks to Graham Linehan for his rather succinct post on Twitter linking to this post:

May I present the least exciting/interesting/valuable blog post of the week. http://bit.ly/DSbvh

It did make me chuckle and nice to know the writter of the excellent Father Ted, Big Train and The IT Crowd has spent a little time looking at the site. Plus he has met Alan Moore which is just all kinds of cool.

More photos of Tyler Mane as Michael Myers and the teaser trailer for H2. Plus lots more banal things!

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.

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UPDATED: New Photo of Michael Myers from Halloween 2

Posted by LiveFor on May 22, 2009

This image from Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 is a preview of a film clip that will air this Sunday on MTV.

UPDATE: Thanks to Graham Linehan for his rather succinct post on Twitter linking to this post:

May I present the least exciting/interesting/valuable blog post of the week. http://bit.ly/DSbvh

It did make me chuckle and nice to know the writter of the excellent Father Ted, Big Train and The IT Crowd has spent a little time looking at the site. Plus he has met Alan Moore which is just all kinds of cool.

More photos of Tyler Mane as Michael Myers and the teaser trailer for H2. Plus lots more banal things!

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel – Trailer for British pub time travel thing

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2009

I’ve heard about this for a while now and it has had me intrigued. A British sci-fi comedy kind of thing with a cracking cast.

Ray (Chris O’Dowd – The IT Crowd), Toby (Marc Wootton – Shirley Ghostman, My New Best Friend) and Pete (Dean Lennox Kelly – Shameless, Dr Who) are ordinary, if slightly nerdy, mates. The first is obsessed with time travel, the second loves films and the third is a confirmed cynic. They’re all stuck in dead-end jobs and life is pretty uneventful until one day down the local pub Ray is approached by Cassie (Anna Faris – The House Bunny), a woman who claims to be from the future. All rather hard to believe until Pete, the cynic, nips to the gents’ and stumbles through a time leak into the future. If things were looking bleak before they’re even worse now since Pete discovers a future full of dead people – including himself. And so begins a series of unintentional trips back and forth through time as the boys attempt to discover who is trying to kill them, and why.

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Richard Ayoade, the Mr Glass of British Comedy talks directing music videos and movies.

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2008

Del sent me this interview from The Guardian.

Cowering behind thick black spectacles and quavering in his extraordinarily soft, old man’s voice, Richard Ayoade is forced to describe the embarrassing successes and unmerited achievements of his life so far. His school band was “the worst ever”. He became president of the “very uncool” Cambridge Footlights because “there was a big shortage of people” and performed “massively mediocre” comedy. After “wasting everyone’s time” with stand-up, he began directing music videos thanks to a “fortuitous” meeting, and his first ever video – for Arctic Monkeys’ Fluorescent Adolescent – was only nominated for the inaugural UK Music Video Awards “because the song is so good”. He is best known for his portrayal of uber-nerd Moss in Channel 4’s The IT Crowd but has a “miniscule range” and no other acting offers. “I’m not sure I’d hire myself in anything. I certainly couldn’t be an actor. That would be terrible. For everyone.”

In short, this 31-year-old actor/writer/director would have you believe he is a hopeless loser. “This probably illustrates why I haven’t done many … um, you know,” he tails off. “I’m just terrible. At talking. With words.”

The trouble is, despite Ayoade’s protestations, he is probably the coolest man in London right now. His film of Arctic Monkeys in concert will be shown in cinemas this month. He has directed videos for Vampire Weekend and the Last Shadow Puppets. He is adapting a novel for a film and shooting the third series of the IT Crowd. Women adore him (he doesn’t tell me this; they do) and he reluctantly admits to being friends with Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner (“partly because he lives in London now”) and the Mighty Boosh, in which he appears (“Everyone in the cast is their friend, really”).

It is hard not to prod someone who so shyly plays everything down. You are one of the coolest men in the capital, aren’t you, I say. He shifts uncomfortably. “No. I really don’t think I’m cool. I’m not.” He scrabbles around desperately for evidence. “I don’t know anything about computers. I resisted getting the internet for a long time. Even saying, ‘Getting the internet’ …” You’ll soon be in various style magazines’ “cool lists”, I prod. “I don’t think I’m in danger of that,” he replies with conviction.

Ayoade is an only child. His Norwegian mother and Nigerian father met in London and the family moved to Ipswich when he was young. What was it like growing up there? “I have no particular ill to speak of Ipswich. It was fine,” he says. “I just apologise in advance for being very unexciting, which will continue.” As a teenager, Ayoade discovered grunge – “lots of people going into guitar shops and playing the first four chords of Smells Like Teen Spirit” – and would patiently wait for “indie week” on the Chart Show, which came around every three weeks with 30-second clips of Nirvana or the Pixies. Aged 15, he went to Brixton Academy to see his heroes, Dinosaur Jr. “I was standing in what I thought was a really good position, quite close, and everyone just started jumping up and down. I lost half a tooth immediately. I didn’t know everyone jumped up and down. Because I was from Ipswich.”

There were no drama classes at his Catholic boys’ school but Ayoade volunteered to do some comedy with the Footlights when he pitched up at Cambridge to study law. It was the proving ground for John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Sacha Baron Cohen and so on, although Ayoade insists he is not being “disingenuous” when he says it was not popular at all – although Peep Show’s David Mitchell was a member when he was a first-year student – and he became president by default. “No one wanted to do it, so it wasn’t like having to fight through swaths of people,” he says with typical hesitancy. “I don’t think this is a lie.”

With co-writer Matthew Holness, Ayoade took his spoof horror comedy stage show, Garth Marenghi’s Fright Knight, to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000 and won the Perrier comedy award there in 2001. Two Channel 4 series – Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Man to Man with Dean Learner – followed, alongside roles in Nathan Barley and The Mighty Boosh after Ayoade met and performed with Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Since then, he has become best known for The IT Crowd. To play Moss, the director pointedly instructed him: “He’s the geekiest person in the world. Just do it in your own voice.” Ayoade’s unique style of speaking elevates Moss above the Mr Muscle stereotype as does his understanding that true nerds are completely unselfconscious (unlike Ayoade). He based Moss on stage-show technicians. “The main attribute that they seem to share is an enthusiasm for life. They are all very positive. You go, ‘How are you?’ and they go, ‘Great! I’ve just bought a dog!’ and it’s very charming and not mean-spirited in any way.”

Things took a more unusual turn when Ayoade had a meeting with a film company, Warp, to discuss script ideas and mentioned that he would love to direct a music video. Through Warp’s connections, he met Arctic Monkeys in Sheffield and created the video for Fluorescent Adolescent, a funny and surreal clown fight in the style of The Sweeney. Since then, he has made a flurry of videos, including Vampire Weekend’s Oxford Comma – a one-shot video of “revolutionary farmers” that “looks Wes Anderson-y and was meant to look more Godard-y but not in a po-faced way” – and Super Furry Animals’ Run Away – “like a Serge Gainsbourg TV special, a very melodramatic story”.

Old cars are an Ayoade trademark. “I like people playing guitars leaning up against cars or in a field. It’s a bit like Monty Python being in a field playing instruments,” he says. “Cars are good for entrances and exits. And there is something about driving that is quite cliched in a funny way. I like Roy Orbison’s video for I Drove All Night because it’s so literal. It is just a man driving throughout the night. I like that silliness. To be in a video is a ridiculous thing. It’s almost impossible to do it without any humour.”

Despite his meticulousness (Ayoade listens to a song “about 500 times” to match his vision to its pace and music) and esoteric references (his smoky, atmospheric video for the Last Shadow Puppets’ My Mistakes Were Made For You was inspired by Federico Fellini’s cult film Toby Dammit), Ayoade’s videos are playful and funny. He particularly admires Spike Jonze, who made the videos for the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage and Weezer’s Buddy Holly. Apart from Dinosaur Jr and Kings of Leon, he would most like to direct “a nunsploitation” for Girls Aloud “with them as nuns but in a horror setting. The nun chainsaw video. But I’m sure that’s probably not a direction they are going in,” he says.

He certainly has a winning pitch based on the success of Fluorescent Adolescent, which failed to reach No 1 unlike most of their earlier singles. “Arctic Monkeys’ song was so clearly brilliant,” he says, “so I’m able to bring a unique brand of commercial failure to the most successful people.”

Ayoade is now adapting Submarine, the acclaimed debut novel by Joe Dunthorne, which tells the darkly comic tale of an intellectual teenager who tries to solve his parents’ marital difficulties. He hopes to direct the film next summer. Until then, he may have to cope with winning some awards and getting recognised on the street. He gets approached a bit, which is fine, he says, because “there’s a level of slight justified contempt that you can have for comedians”. He shifts awkwardly. “If I am introduced to anyone, I find it incredibly embarrassing – and that’s quite an immature position to have arrived at, at my age. It’s obviously awkward but I don’t mean that in an ungrateful way”.

• Richard Ayoade is nominated in the Best Director and Best Rock Video categories at this year’s UK Music Video Awards on October 14

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