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Unsolicited Material (2016)

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Filmed 24/7 over 20 years, an aspiring comedian's home movies create a real-life tragicomedy which asks if following a childhood dream is the meaning of life or an unrealistic waste of time.

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Ed Surname
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Credited cast:
Ed Surname Ed Surname ... Himself - comedian
Andre Muse Andre Muse ... Himself
David Paris David Paris ... Himself - comedian
Tina Bedroom Tina Bedroom ... Herself
Ed Surname's Nan Ed Surname's Nan ... Herself
Papa Surname Papa Surname ... Himself
Mum Mum ... Herself
Betty Heggie Betty Heggie ... Herself
Tommy Heggie Tommy Heggie ... Himself
Patrick MacManus Patrick MacManus ... Himself
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David Paris David Paris ... Himself - comedian
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Storyline

Filmed 24/7 over 20 years, an aspiring comedian's home movies create a real-life comedy which asks if following a childhood dream is the meaning of life or an unrealistic waste of time. This Grand Jury-nominated film explores why anyone would want to seek the illusion of fame given the personal costs and exposes the mask that the comedian wears for his public persona. Made from the 1000s home videos that comedian Ed Surname left behind, this is a real man's real life, edited into a satire on the world of show business, looking at the illusion of fame in our society, the role of money in happiness and the dilemmas of artistic ambition.

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satire | multiple time frames | See All (2) »

Taglines:

When you've got 10000 tapes to tell your story, who needs a tagline?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

£47 (estimated)
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(DVD)

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Color
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Trivia

The budget was only £47. The nature of the project was to use creativity as a solution for financial difficulties, as celebrated in the movie itself. See more »

Quotes

Ed Surname - Comedian: A blank canvas... the same starting point as every artist, ever.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include "Brahms' Lullaby" by Johannes Brahms via some piece of shit second hand cot toy". See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut (LOCTV#125) was originally 4 hours long. The Director's Cut II (LOCTV#138) was screened in 2016 film festivals including screenings in London, Spain and Chicago. The Director's Cut III (LOCTV #139) was screened at The Camden Fringe Festival. And the fourth cut is released on DVD and VOD. See more »

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Euphoric to tragic to satire: a category of its own
28 August 2016 | by contact-28660See all my reviews

I couldn't have predicted an outcome as truly unique as this.

Over the years the project has captured some comedic moments that are pure gold.

But the vast amount real life experiences which vary from the euphoric to sometimes tragic prove to be an ingredient that just doesn't exist in anything I am aware of.

This, coupled with a satirical edge puts Unsolicited Material in a category of its own.

I don't know how they came up with this concept, but all I can say is well done.


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