An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.
The fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century Britain, the residents must overcome countless bizarre obstacles in their bid to return Royston Vasey to safety. Written by
The League got the idea for the film when they were trying to write another film called "The King's Evil", but they were all suffering from writer's block. So they decided to make a film where the characters from the show discover that they're just characters in a TV show and their world is being destroyed because the League are quitting the show. See more »
10 minutes in, a member of the crew can be seen ducking out of shot from behind the rear car window. He was pushing the car along as Reece (who plays Geoff) cannot drive. See more »
[on being tortured]
They put me in a box with me coat on... I know, it don't sound much when you say it out loud.
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The League of Gentlemen will return in The Windmills of your Bum. See more »
There are two ways to turn a TV series into a film.
The first, most common, and least successful, is to basically make a feature-length TV episode- see the disasters of the Steptoe & Son movie. The second is to do something else- something quite different, à la Monty Python.
Thankfully, the creators of the cult TV series have gone for the second option, and they've come up with something unique, clever and funny- it couldn't feel less like a TV episode.
Try to get your head around this- the writers, playing themselves, are confronted by their Royston Vasey alter-egos, played, of course, by them, and told to continue writing the series, otherwise apocalypse will befall the village.
High-concept, contrived and easy to screw up? Yes, but somehow they managed to pull it off. Not for every taste, perhaps, and the ending does drag, but fans will be delighted, and it might even win over the uninitiated.
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