Described by the New Statesman as ‘Cornwall’s answer to Withnail and I’ (although we prefer our own summation Throughtful, funny, bleak and beautiful) independently produced, micro budget comedy Brown Willy will play at the Exeter Phoenix for one night only next week. Shot in just 10 days on the wilds of Bodmin Moor the film has picked up a host of rave reviews.
Michael and Pete have been best mates for 35 years. They’re old school friends who misspent their youth together, but in recent years they’ve grown apart.
Now Michael is about to get married, only he doesn’t want a traditional stag do; he wants to climb up Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall. Inevitably, things don’t go to plan. Following a drink and drug-fuelled night the men find themselves lost, battling with monumental hangovers (and worse), dwindling supplies and the harsh terrain -not to mention each other.
The film, directed by award winning filmmaker Brett Harvey has just completed a successful run in cinemas in Cornwall as well as playing in international festivals.
Brett said: ‘The response to the film has been fantastic. It’s been really exciting to see it on the big screen with audiences.
“Now that we’ve played in cinemas in Cornwall we’re really looking forward to taking the film further afield and the Exeter Phoenix feels like the perfect venue to start with’.
You can catch the film at The Exeter Phoenix, Tuesday 24th May at 7:30pm. As well as the film there will be Q&A with Brett (writer / director) and Simon Harvey (producer / actor).
For tickets www.exeterphoenix.org.uk / 01392 667080
(from a press release)