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Beginner’s Luck

Synopsis
Feature film. Mark Feinman (Callis) dreams that he is stranded alone on a desert island. He believes his dream to be a premonition and immediately sets up a touring theatre company with two friends. Their mission is to bring a radical reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to unsuspecting audiences in Edinburgh, Paris and London. Mark is forced to sign up actors from an assortment of petty criminals, public school boys and burger bar workers. However, the arrival of the mysterious and beautiful Anya spurs them on to new heights for the world premiere in Soho. After a disastrous opening in London, the troupe flee to Edinburgh and Paris in search of their dreams.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2002
Duration
90 mins

Credits

Director
James Callis; Nick Cohen
Producer
Harriet Evans-Lombe
Cinematographer
Chris Preston
Screenplay
Nick Cohen
Production Design
Tracey Ann Baines
Cast
Christopher CazenoveAndrew Fontaine
James CallisMark Feinman
Julie DelpyAnya
Steven BerkoffMagic Bob

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Tempest, The
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); theatre companies; Untrained actors; Touring productions

Notes

General
The film is loosely inspired by an anarchic student production of The Tempest that Callis once took on tour.
Reviews
"A chaotic, self-indulgent, autobiographical luvvie vanity project... the script is truly awful; there’s an unendurably rough sound mix, and it looks like it’s been edited with a bread knife and a blindfold". Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (June 21, 2002).

"A bunch of no-hopers try to stage Shakespeare’s Tempest under a useless director in BEGINNER’s LUCK, an equally inept production which aims to wring comic mileage out of never-say-die amateurism. First feature of writing-directing team Nick Cohen and James Callis is a 90-minute train wreck in slow motion, with zero commercial potential. Derek Elley. Variety (26 June 2002).

Production Company

Name

Late Night Pictures

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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