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Richard Ayoade's deliriously cinematic comedy-of-errors "The Double," adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella, doesn't hit theaters or VOD until May 9. But in the meantime, stream this track off the film's soundtrack, composed by Andrew Hewitt, exclusively on Toh!Set in a gloomy dystopia, "The Double" stars Jesse Eisenberg as a joyless data clerk whose obsession with a beautiful coworker (Mia Wasikowska) brings him face-to-face with his far more charismatic and charming doppelganger. (Here's our Toh! review.)Composer Andrew Hewitt, who scored Ayoade's 2010 hip feature debut "Submarine," has created a head-spinning orchestral score that perfectly captures "The Double"'s stressful, frenetic tone. The score, like the film, is brilliant and infectious. The soundtrack is available to download in full on May 6 before the film arrives May 9 via Magnolia Pictures. Stream the main theme below, and watch the trailer. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Getting its world premiere at the London Comedy Film Festival earlier this year, Jamie Adams’ directorial debut, Benny & Jolene, is just weeks away from arriving in cinemas this summer.
Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat) and Craig Roberts (Submarine) top a great cast, and with its June release date fast approaching, Verve have released a great first clip from the film, teasing a little of the comedy, and difficulty, of traversing the music industry as two young rising musicians.
Benny and Jolene are a folk duo, supposedly on the up. But 19 year old Jolene is having trouble convincing her writing partner Benny to become more commercial. Too many industry types get involved, leaving Jolene feeling dazed and confused and Benny marginalised. Now they are on a crowded tour busy on their way to a festival in the most beautiful, yet remote, location – forcing them to confront their ambitions and emotions for the first time. »
- Kenji Lloyd
While his impressive debut feature Submarine didn’t exactly land with U.S. audiences, the film has gone on to gain a cult following in recent years, and now director Richard Ayoade is back with his follow-up. ”As adapted by the helmer and Avi Korine, The Double brings Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s novella to the big screen with a surefire confidence in its visual [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Independent British Comedy flick Benny & Jolene has released its’ first trailer online today ahead of it’s upcoming summer release date. The film received its’ world premiere at January’s London Comedy Film Festival and marks the directorial debut from British director Jamie Adams. The film stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat) as an indie folk duo trying to make it big whilst staying true to their roots.
From the looks of the trailer we’re in for an awkward love-story as Benny and Jolene take their talents on the road with highs and lows along the way. We’re massive fans of anything Roberts touches and it looks like his character is another deadpan comedy goldmine. Also in the cast are other recognisable faces from the British comedy scene including Plebs and Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal, This Is England’s Rosamund Hanson and Dolly Wells from Star Stories. »
- Victoria Bull
★★★★☆The follow-up to his blistering directorial debut Submarine (2010), The Double (2013) sees British comic and filmmaker Richard Ayoade turning his attentions further afield with an impressionistic adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 19th century novella of the same name. Retaining its dark, pre-Kafka-esque high concept, Ayoade's sophomore feature is a psychological thriller exploring the disparate combined natures of a timid, lonely guy and his charming, effervescent doppelgänger as they both try and coexist in a cruel, volatile and timeless world. The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon James, a softly spoken, milquetoast office drone in a featureless dystopia.
- CineVue UK
After rightly drawing critical approval for his debut feature - an invigorating adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's cult 2008 novel Submarine, British comic-cum-filmmaker Richard Ayoade returns with second feature The Double (2013), taking as its source Fyodor Dostoyevsky's dark, pre-Kafka novella but repositioning its nineteenth-century action to a more updated, if not wholly identifiable, moment and place in time. In it Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon James, a withdrawn office cog whose incessant self-doubt dictates a life spent at the mercy of his oppressive surroundings - a faceless, disregarding work environment matched by a suicide-heavy apartment complex - and renders him incapable of vocalising his affection for copygirl Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).
- CineVue UK
Deadpan Richard Ayoade's follow-up to the terrifically spiky teen black comedy Submarine is a Dostoevsky-inspired tale of a nerdy office clerk, Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg), whose life is overturned by the appearance of a gregarious doppelganger, James Simon (Eisenberg again, obviously). Horrified that no one else even notices this inexplicable doubling, Simon finds his already questionable identity being eaten away by his own worst enemy: himself or rather, a mirror image of himself, possessing all the confidence, charisma and charm that he so sorely lacks. A dab hand at dramatising absurdist paranoia, Ayoade fills the future-retro landscape with sounds and visions lifted from Terry Gilliam's Brazil and David Lynch's Eraserhead, with effective if derivative results.
Eisenberg does sterling work as the central split personality, conjuring two distinct characters who play off each other with well choreographed ease. »
- Mark Kermode
This is the Pure Movies review of The Double, directed by Richard Ayoade, and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Gemma Chan, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige. Fans of British TV comedy will already be familiar with Richard Ayoade, having starred in The It Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and, more recently, Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy The Watch. With The Double he continues his departure from TV land and builds on his success as a director following on from his superb 2011 debut Submarine. The story follows Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a clerical worker who lives a life unnoticed until the new guy at work James (also Jesse Eisenberg) challenges him to pursue what he wants out of life - in this case, love interest Hannah (played by Mia Wasikowska). »
- Adam Farrell
A painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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I had been so looking forward to Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem at last year’s London Film Festival, and it turned out to be a crushing disappointment. (I haven’t reviewed it yet. Maybe I’ll do so when it comes to DVD.) And then, literally immediately afterward — I stepped from one screening room to the one next door — I walked into Richard Ayoade’s second feature film The Double, and by the time I walked out, I was thinking: Now that was the Gilliam film I was hoping to see!
I saw The Double for a second time recently, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As we've highlighted in our feature 20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgängers, the concept of a protagonist meeting their exact duplicate isn't exactly new. But in the hands of Richard Ayoade it becomes something inventive and madcap, and "The Double" has terrific fun with the premise of a man meeting the sexier, more successful version of himself. Film4 recently sat down the Ayoade to chat about the making of the movie, and it's good ten-minute talk with the filmmaker who goes deep into his intentions and motivations. A project he's been developing for years—it might have shot before "Submarine" had the the script been ready—Ayoade reveals that he wanted to do something a bit lighter than and more approachable than Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella on which the movie is based. And certainly he succeeded with the script, co-written by Ari Korine, a wonder of wit, and the controlled unravelling »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic 1846 novella, Richard Ayoade's stunning take on The Double cements his reputation as a director of distinct style and absorbing substance following his impressive debut Submarine. He creates a nightmarish world full of dream logic that's simultaneously seductive and claustrophobic, mirroring the split personality (and body) of Jesse Eisenberg's disturbed protagonist.
The basic premise is a simple but intriguing one, as lonely, unappreciated office worker Simon (Eisenberg) is driven slowly insane by the appearance of his doppelgänger James (also Eisenberg). This lookalike is the polar opposite of Simon in terms of personality, wooing his crush Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) and dazzling his superiors with plagiarised work. As resentment grows and tensions soar, Simon feels increasingly compelled to betray his meek nature and take action. »
Today sees the release of Richard Ayoade’s second feature film, The Double. Another solid instalment from one of Britain’s most promising new directors. Also released today is Shan Khan’s Honour, starring arguably the finest working British actor of his generation, Paddy Considine. Considine himself has made appearances in both Ayoade’s films, and with that in mind, here is one UK dream team that we would love to see.
Director- Richard Ayoade
Ayoade is well known for his comedic style. Bursting on to UK television with the It Crowd, his quirky sense of humour seeps through in to both The Double and debut feature, Submarine. The BAFTA nominated Submarine cemented Ayoade as one of the most promising new voices in the British film industry. The black humour, the gentle tragedy, and the hysterical performances is a refreshing voice in the doom and gloom of a lot of British Cinema, »
- Nia Childs
If you’re a fan of literary adaptations then no doubt you’ll currently have your head stuck in a copy of Joyce Maynard’s emotional coming-of-age novel Labor Day, Nick Hornby’s heart-warming suicide drama A Long Way Down, or maybe even Veronica Roth’s debut dystopian Divergent. What we’re looking forward to most, however, is Richard Ayoade’s upcoming adaptation of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s dark comedy novella, The Double. With an adapted screenplay written by Ayoade himself alongside fellow scribe Avi Korine, this is his first film since the hugely successful Submarine.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska as the two leads, the story follows a man driven insane after finding out his life and identity is being assumed by a doppelgänger. The original novella was released in 1846, subtitled “A Petersburg Poem” it showed the surreal and grotesque influences of fellow Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol, »
- Charlie Derry
Richard Ayoade turns an unpromising Dostoevsky story into a quick-witted, elegant and genuinely unsettling film
For this follow-up to his debut feature Submarine, Richard Ayoade has picked a demanding and in some ways unpromising subject: a new adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella The Double, about a drab loser who discovers that he has a doppelgänger in the workplace an exact replica of him, but aggressively successful, charming and upwardly mobile. Ayoade translates this to a creepy and crumbling nightmare-world: his unhappy protagonist is a data-input manager in a dreary warren, stuffed with clunky, retro 80s computer equipment and office furniture, and he lives in a similarly grim flat. The only entertainment on offer for inhabitants of this terrible universe appears to be a cheapo Blakes-7-type drama continuously playing on TV sets mounted on wall brackets. All this could have been a tiresome film-school venture in someone else's hands, but it is brilliant: quick-witted, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Feature Sarah Dobbs 3 Apr 2014 - 07:00
It’s been ten years now since author, visionary, and dreamweaver Garth Marenghi’s legendary horror TV show, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, was rescued from a vault in Peru and broadcast to a largely unappreciative audience.
Or, you know, in the reality we actually inhabit, it’s been ten years since a group of comedians donned 80s costumes and pretended to be aging filmmakers commenting on their own ‘lost’ series. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was a perfect send-up of both trashy low-budget horror and science fiction productions and pompous creators, as a bewigged Matthew Holness straight-facedly explained the unique genius of his horror writing alter ego even as his greatest creation, Dr Rick Dagless M.D., mugged away in the background.
It was a ludicrously high concept show, »
E4 has brought together some of Britain’s brightest young talent from film, TV, stage and music to star in the new series including:
Jessie Cave, best known as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter;
The young cast also features:
Tommy McDonnell, currently in cinemas in acclaimed British prison »
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Jordan Stephens has landed a role in new E4 drama 'Glue'. The Rizzle Kicks singer will make his acting debut later this year in the home-grown drama series set in the English countryside, created and written by Skins' Jack Thorne. The 'Lost Generation' hitmaker is just one name among the many young talents from British film, TV, stage and music who have been picked for the murder mystery show. Jessie Cave, best known as Lavender Brown in the 'Harry Potter' franchise, 'Submarine' star Yasmin Paige, Callum Turner from ITV drama 'Leaving', Charlotte Spencer of 'Line of Duty' fame, 'Fresh Meat' season three newcomer »
E4 has announced a cast of rising stars for its new drama Glue.
Harry Potter's Jessie Cave, Starred Up actor Tommy McDonnell, New Worlds star Billy Howie, Frankenstein's Callum Turner and Charlotte Spencer - Carly Kirk in BBC Two's Line of Duty - complete the cast.
Glue will explore the impact that the discovery of a local boy's body has on a small English village, as secrets »
Having impressed greatly with his debut feature film Submarine, renowned comic actor Richard Ayoade has returned to the director’s chair, for his sophomore feature The Double. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg in both of the leading two roles, and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented duo to discuss their unique and unforgettable collaboration.
We discuss the creative process of the piece, and how Ayoade went about establishing what is a striking and distinctive visual aesthetic. Meanwhile, Eisenberg discusses playing two roles, and portraying the subtle differences between the two.
The Double is released on April 4, and you can read our review here.
- Stefan Pape
Director Richard Ayoade has already proven with his first feature Submarine a skill for literary adaptation, a skill for setting distinct and palpable tones, a skill for creating offbeat, but endearing characters who say and do things that are at once fascinating, entertaining, and vaguely disconcerting. With his latest movie, The Double, the British filmmaker (son of a Norwegian mother and Nigerian father) has sharpened those skills to a point, crafting a cinematic world that is even more distinct and more disconcerting than his first venture. Based, after a fashion, on Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, a hapless young man who lives an invisible life. »
- Zeba Blay
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