‘Brilliant â€“ very powerful performance. Funny and heartbreaking,’ is just one of comments about the Diary of a Madman, which will be at The Poly, Falmouth as part of the Cornwall Film Festival, followed by a Q&A and panel discussion.
Here are a bit more of the feedback audiences have given the feature.
‘Beautiful – Heartfelt, disturbing, funny – I loved it’;
‘A totally unexpected experience. Moving, powerful and really effective. Simple and striking images that stay with you’
‘It was terrific -a fascinating fusion of theatre and film’
‘Absolutely amazing, cannot praise you enough for the whole production – totally blown away’
And finally, cover your ears for the racey:
The film is Oddbodies first feature (you may remember them from such beguiling shorts as Mrs Lustleigh’s Fancies, The Nature of Angrove, A Penny For Them).
The film follows Poprishkin, a low ranking civil servant with ideas above his station, who has fallen in love with the Director’s daughter. Coupled with delusions of grandeur and an inability to accept his lot in life, this obsession becomes a catalyst that sets him on the road to madness. A journey that is both absurdly funny and heartbreakingly tragic.
Adapted from the short story by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, this portrait of one man’s decline into insanity is intimate, authentic and ultimately very moving.
Shot over one week in a single room with a cast of one and a crew of three, the story takes the form of a series of diary entries, each one shot in a continuous take.
Interwoven with darkly unsettling hand drawn animations backed with increasingly disturbing soundscapes, the result is an utterly compelling piece that will stay with you long after you have finished watching.
Diary of a Madman will be showing at The Poly, Falmouth on Saturday 5 November at 1.30pm with a Q&A/Panel discussion afterwards. Get your tickets.
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