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Brakes (2016)

Brakes is an improv-based dark comedy set in London.

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Mercedes Grower

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Mercedes Grower
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Cast

Credited cast:
Julian Barratt ... Elliot
Kelly Campbell ... Maeve
Seb Cardinal ... Karl
Juliet Cowan ... Slika
Julia Davis ... Livy
Noel Fielding ... Daniel
Jess-Luisa Flynn Jess-Luisa Flynn ... Jess
Kerry Fox ... Brinie
Roland Gift ... Rhys
Salena Godden Salena Godden ... Yesmin
Mercedes Grower ... Layla
Martin Hancock ... Mark
Kate Hardie ... Susan
Siobhan Hewlett ... Kate
Oliver Maltman ... Raymond
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Brakes is an improv-based dark comedy set in London.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2017 (UK) See more »

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Solution 3 Productions See more »
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Filmed over a period of several years. All the actors and crew gave their time for free. Filming of each actor was done in 2 days. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits, Daniel drives away in the Mini he has been packing, with 'The End' written in shaving foam on the rear windscreen. See more »

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Features Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Lonely life
written by Sybil
performed by Sybil
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Talent Wasted on Vanity Project
4 October 2018 | by silvio-mitsubishiSee all my reviews

This film apparently took four years to make, and the performers gave their time for free. Sadly, it shows. It consists of disjointed episodes: Part Two is shown first and details low points in the breakdown of relationships. Part One then shows the happier beginnings. None were sufficiently interesting to make me really care.

Mostly shot on hand-held cameras with poor light and colour balance, one vignette features a character acknowledging he is being filmed but does not satisfactorily answer why, or who by? Scenes in underground toilets and sparse lofts are echoey and lack human warmth. Dialogue is at least partly improvised, and it shows in repetition and superficiality. Noel Fielding is capable of wild flights of imagination, but is stifled by the format. His relationship is supposed to fly after a humourless ride on a Zamboni machine with an ice rink worker. The only gay relationship in the film bucks the challenge of how the couple meet by not starting until the morning after. A recently-promoted office worker climbs on a table, only to sing a joyless version of Molly Malone; technically accurate but as uninvolving as can be. Bizarrely, neither the bar staff nor the other drinkers pay any heed.

The film has some mildly amusing prospects - a rooftop spat between a zombie and the bride of Frankenstein - but these do not go anywhere and only remind us how little we care about the characters or their mundane romances.


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