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10 Greatest Films By First Time Directors!

With the release of Alan Butterworth’s stylish debut feature film The Drummond Will this week, What Culture! were challenged to come up with our list of the greatest directorial debuts on film.

Many directors have started their career in the industry with a project they’d not only like to forget, but would like us to forget too. (Look no further than James Cameron’s first feature behind the lens, Piranha II…eeek!!). However, once in a while a truly talented director breaks on to the scene with a fantastic debut that blows both critics and audiences away.

Read on to discover what we came up with in our attempts to chronicle the very best of these…

10. Joe CornishAttack The Block (2011)

Rarely does a film come along that truly taps into an area, group of people or lifestyle. It’s even rarer for this film to include such
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Blu-ray Review: The Drummond Will – Harkens Back To The Best of British Comedies

Like offbeat, quirky black comedies from Britain? You’re going to want to check out The Drummond Will…but read our review here first!

After their estranged father dies, brothers Marcus (Mark Oosterveen) and Danny (Phillip James) have to return to the small village they grew up in to attend the funeral and deal with his estate. However, proving less simple than they had initially expected, they soon discover that an old friend of their father has broken into the family home and proceeded to hide in a cupboard with a stash of money! The brothers decide to keep the old man captive whilst they conclude how best to handle the situation, but inadvertently kill him… Leading to a series of bizarre incidents as they attempt to cover up their misdeed, Marcus and Danny soon find that they are slowly but surely decreasing the population in the small community…

With
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DVD Review: The Drummond Will

The Drummond Will

Stars: Mark Oosterveen, Phillip James, Jeremy Drakes | Written by Alan Butterworth, Sam Forster | Directed by Alan Butterworth

Alan Butterworth’s story, shot in black and white, harks back to the classic Ealing comedies. It borders on farce, and is a particularly dark comedy. The closest comparison would be to a Coen brothers film, as the plot slowly develops, it gets more and more ridiculous until it all blows up in the end.

The story follows two estranged brothers, who are reunited after the death of their father. When the two brothers discover an old man in their father’s cupboard holding what seems to be a couple of hundred thousand pounds in a bag, they accidentally kill him and must decide what to do with the money and the body. The village then gradually dwindles in population as people get killed left, right and centre.

The Drummond Will
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Review: The Drummond Will

Director: Alan Butterworth

Cast: Phillip James, Mark Ooserveen

Running time: 81 minutes

Synopsis: ‘The first feature shot on the Red One in black and white, The Drummond Will is a collision between old and new. A black comedy set in decaying rural England. It follows estranged brothers Marcus and Danny Drummond as they find themselves on a surprisingly dangerous undertaking to unravel the mystery surrounding their father’s unlikely wealth.’

‘And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. 2 Kings 2:23-24′.

Farcical,
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Win: The Drummond Will On Blu-ray, We Have 5 Copies To Give Away

Alan Butterworth’s directorial debut The Drummond Will is a collision between old and new. A black comedy set in decaying rural England and reminiscent of the Ealing classics, the film is due out on Blu-ray and DVD on August 8th from Crabtree Films. WhatCulture! have 5 copies to give away!

After the death of their father, Howard Drummond, brothers Marcus and Danny inherit his decrepit estate, where they find one of their dad’s ancient friends hiding in a closet with a bag full of money. This opens their world up to a series of bizarre incidents resulting in the village’s quirky population gently decreasing during their short stay. The brothers soon realise they’ll need to rely on each other if they are to survive and it quickly becomes clear that nothing is as it seems…

For your chance to win a copy of The Drummond Will on Blu-ray,
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The Drummond Will Interview: “A lighthearted comedy about..murdering old people”

As he old adage goes: You can’t exhume Ealing comedy without burying a few pensioners. Or so Alan Butterworth, Tobias Tobbell, and Sam Forster would have you believe. The trio are the creators of the dark comedy, The Drummond Will, a first time feature that has turned heads at festival screenings across the USA.

The film’s story tackles a familiar ground, but as it opens by a graveside with the priest quoting a little known comedic passage from the bible, we see that the director holds his tongue firmly in cheek. The key double act, Danny and Mark, have returned as prodigal sons to a tiny village for their father’s funeral. The brothers are poised for an immediate Withnail escape, but when an inexplicable bundle of money appears, the greedy hands of the locals send the characters on an accidental killing spree.

Eschewing the usual format of graduate-shortfilm-moreshortfilms-failedgrantapplications-poverty,
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Exclusive Clip and Q&A with Writer, Director & Producer of The Drummond Will

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Here’s something a little special from a film we’ve featured a lot on HeyUGuys.

To mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Drummond Will on the 8th of August we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film and a Q&A with three of The Drummond Will creative team.

Producer Tobias Tobbell, co-writer/director Alan Butterworth and writer Sam Forster sat down to talk about the inspiration behind The Drummond Will, the challenges of bringing the film to the big screen and what the team have planned next.

If you’ve not seen the film, or are keen for a short, sharp synopsis to tickle your fancy then look no further,

Howard Drummond has passed away. On checking out his decrepit estate, his sons, Marcus and Danny find one of their dad’s ancient friends hiding in a closet with a bag full of money.

Whilst they decide what to do,
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Competition: Win! The Drummond Will on DVD!

The Hollywood News has teamed up with Crabtree Films to give you a chance of winning a copy of the new black comedy The Drummond Will. The film is the debut feature from Alan Butterworth, who won the BFI 24 hour film competition with ‘Not So Perfect World’. The film is a collision between old and new. A black comedy set in decaying rural England and reminiscent of the Ealing classics. It’s released on the 8th August.

Here’s the synopsis for the film…

Howard Drummond has passed away. On checking out his decrepit estate, his sons, Marcus and Danny find one of their dad’s ancient friends hiding in a closet with a bag full of money.

Whilst they decide what to do, the pensioner is left to suffocate to death in the closet, thus leaving them with a much bigger problem to deal with; tell the police, or
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The Drummond Will to get two special UK screenings with filmmaker Q+A

Just receveived an interesting press release for a feature coming to cinemas (for two screenings). The Drummond Will is the debut feature from Alan Butterworth, who won the BFI 24 hour film competition with ‘Not So Perfect World’. The Drummond Will is a collision between old and new. A black comedy set in decaying rural England and reminiscent of the Ealing classics. Finance for the film was raised privately and the film is a prime example of true British independent filmmaking.

Synopsis

Howard Drummond has passed away. On checking out his decrepit estate, his sons, Marcus and Danny find one of their dad’s ancient friends hiding in a closet with a bag full of money.

Whilst they decide what to do, the pensioner is left to suffocate to death in the closet, thus leaving them with a much bigger problem to deal with; tell the police, or take the body
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Two Exclusive New Clips from The Drummond Will

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CrabTree Films (who have just announced a UK release date for Jesse Eisenberg’s next film – ‘Holy Rollers’) have been kind enough to give us two new clips from their new movie, The Drummond Will, a new British black comedy.

It’s directed by Alan Butterworth and stars Mark Oosterveen, Phillip James, Jeremy Drakes, Jonathan Hansler, Victoria Jeffrey, Nigel Osner, Eryl Lloyd Parry, Keith Parry, Morrison Thomas with a script from Sam Forster and Alan Butterworth.

Synopsis: Howard Drummond has passed away. On checking out his decrepit estate, his sons, Marcus and Danny find one of their dad’s ancient friends hiding in a closet with a bag full of money.

Whilst they decide what to do, the pensioner is left to suffocate to death in the closet, thus leaving them with a much bigger problem to deal with; tell the police, or take the body and leave it in
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Death and comedy meet in The Drummond Will

You have to hand it to the British for bringing the darkest of the so called “black comedies.” The newest entry into the canon is Alan Butterworth’s festival favourite The Drummond Will.

Two estranged brothers return home after their father’s death to find that they’ve inherited their father’s decrepit house. While pocking around the place, they find an old friend of their father’s hiding in the closet with a bag full of money. While they try to sort out what to do the old man dies putting them in a bigger pickle: do they call the police and answer all of the questions that will likely arise from a man found dead holding a stash of cash in the closet or they pretend they never saw the geezer, take care of disposing the body and in the process, keep the bagful of cash. The trailer
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Very Promising Trailer for the Pitch Black Comedy The Drummond Will

I’m always down for a blood-soaked dark comedy, particularly if said production is littered with an abundance of mean-spirited humor and a fair amount of madness and mayhem. Writer/director Alan Butterworth’s upcoming feature-length debut “The Drummond Will” looks as if it will bit the proverbial bill quite nicely. And while it does seem to share several thematic qualities with “A Film with Me in It”, I’ll try not to hold that against it. Besides, “Very Bad Things” nailed the “accidental death” comedy years before either film was a sparkle in their respective creator’s eye. Before proceeding, a quick synopsis: Estranged brothers Marcus and Danny Drummond’s return to the English countryside for their father’s funeral takes a surprising and dangerous turn when they are forced to unravel the mystery surrounding his death and wealth. They are quickly entangled in a web of lies and deceit,
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Orlando Film Festival Kicks Off This Wednesday

1 year ago I attended the best festival I have ever been to as a filmmaker. All the movies were free. The location was beautiful. The people were amazing. And apparently I inspired them to create an Independent Spirit Award just to give to me.

Well the Orlando Film Festival is back and it kicks off Wednesday November 3rd at the Plaza Cinema Café in Downtown Orlando. While I won.t be screening anything at the festival, I will still be on hand checking out some films and promoting my own. I will also be handing out the Independent Spirit Award, which has been named after me this year.

The festival runs from Wednesday November 3rd through Sunday November 7th. All the film screenings are free but you must get a ticket for each at the booth in front of the theater. The Plaza Cinema Café is located at 155 South Orange
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