It’s been a long, long time since a movie trailer made me, a miserable and cynical old bastard, laugh. Not just a sensible chuckle or a wry shake if the head. Not a smile. A proper laugh. A deep belly laugh that explodes, unbidden and uncontrolled from deep inside. Well, the trailer for Brian And Charles just did that.

Just the right blend of strange British quirkiness accompanied by genuine, non-cloying emotions, wrapped in a level of entertaining silliness we seem to have been missing for a while. I had no idea what I was about to see as I knew nothing about this movie, so I am pleasantly surprised to be sitting here with a grin on my face just from watching this trailer.

Suddenly, I am looking forward to Brian And Charles.

It is the feature debut from director Jim Archer. Written by David Earl and Chris Hayward, the film follows hapless and lonely inventor Brian who lives alone in rural Wales, and whose attempts at cutting edge technology include making an ‘egg belt’ and a ‘pine cone bag’.

Then comes Charles, an artificially intelligent robot made from leftovers and an old washing machine that Brian has pieced together, and with an inexplicable obsession with cabbages. So begins an unlikely friendship that, as in the best stories of man and machine, make us question what it means to be human.


Winner of the fan favourite award at Sundance it is described as full of off-kilter humor and dry wit, reminiscent of the dark comedy of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers.

Brian and Charles is described as a surprisingly moving and amusing story of loneliness and friendship about a man and his robot with a washing machine tummy that likes wearing hula skirts. The movie is coming to theatres over June and July, depending on where you are in the world.

Is it just me, or does Brian remind anyone else of our very own NotGeorgeLucas?

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