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On Film: Spoof Sleuth Mindhorn is the main Manx

One of the comedy film highlights of 2017? It’s certainly up there in the opinion of the CultureJukebox team..

Mindhorn is from the esteemed Mighty Boosh alumni, and it shows. It’s got a twisted, rooted and distinctively British sense of humour.

The premise has shades of Bergerac, and a few nods to Alan Partridge – but still feels fresh and original. In short, a washed-up actor, who previously played a top TV detective, is called back to the Isle of Man to solve a real-life crime. A murder enquiry no less.

Mindhorn sees this as his opportunity to get back into the big time. But, obviously, not all goes to plan.

Co-writers, regular collaborators and stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby joust from beginning to end. Always great value, some of the scenes are as unpredictable as the Isle of Man’s weather. It’s a pretty mad film  in all honesty, but one that knows its audience.

Barratt is in the middle of everything. If you like his work, you’ll love this film. Particularly his fondness for capoeira.. But there’s something that stays with you in this picture. It explores fear of failure, the sense of opportunities missed and bad decisions made. Relatable.

Final hat-tip to the Isle of Man, which does look (perhaps surprisingly) wonderful in this film. It’s out on DVD on September 4th. Buy it from HMV here.

 

On Culture: Floating Cinema comes to South Ferriby

The CultureJukebox team really believe in democratising film, so it’s great to read about the Floating Cinema making a move from London and reaching a series of interesting locations around England.

The stop-off in South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire, piqued our interest – with the floating cinema stopping off on the beautiful River Ancholme to screen all-time Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard.

The Floating Cinema, 2016 Image: © Hydar Dewachi

The Floating Cinema is led by Up Projects and is being supported by the Canal & River Trust for In Dialogue. This is a free programme of feature films, documentaries and a newly commissioned artwork entitled On the Bench by Leeds based artist, Harry Meadley.

The Floating Cinema, Sunset Boulevard, South Ferriby tour stop

The commission is a series of eight short films by Meadley featuring interviews with individuals that live and work in the eight waterway locations where The Floating Cinema will stop.

The Floating Cinema tour begins on 1 July 2017 and ends on 13th August 2017 – visiting Sheffield, Rotherham, Swinton, Doncaster, Thorne, Goole, South Ferriby and Hull.

For more information and tickets click here.