The Cinematography Podcast Episode 173: Jim Archer, David Earl, Chris Hayward
Brian and Charles is about an awkward and lonely inventor, Brian, who lives in rural Wales. He rarely makes contraptions that are useful or work right, but one day, he finally creates a robot. Charles Petrescu, built out of an old washing machine and a mannequin, becomes Brian’s friend. But as Charles becomes more and more curious and self-aware, he decides he wants to explore the world on his own.
Actor David Earl is a comedian and came up with the eccentric character of Brian as a bit on the stand up circuit in the UK. One day on an internet radio call in show, a friend called in to interact with David’s character using computer voice simulation software. Fellow actor and comedian Chris Hayward heard it, came up with the idea of Charles as Brian’s robot sidekick, and the two took it on the road as a live show. Chris built the Charles robot character as a costume, and another friend would type in what Charles would say into the voice simulator to interact with the audience. In 2017, the two teamed up with director Jim Archer to make a short film about the characters, and it did well at festivals. After that, the UK production company Film4 backed developing the script into a feature film.
For the feature version of Brian and Charles, director Jim Archer decided to expand on the mockumentary style. He wanted it to look like a real documentary, with a serious dramatic and cinematic look rather than as a wink and a nod to other mockumentaries. The friends were inspired by the documentaries American Movie and Monster Road – true stories about lonely people desperate for their dream to come true.
Brian and Charles premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is currently playing in theaters.
Jim Archer: Instagram & Twitter: @alrightjim
David Earl: Instagram @davidearlhello
Charles Petrescu has his own twitter account: @CharlesPetrescu
Close Focus: The Thing celebrated its 40 year anniversary and was just re-released. The movie made it into the top 10 at the box office. However, The Thing was presented in the cropped aspect ratio rather than the widescreen aspect ratio and fans were outraged. The next screening will be widescreen.
Ben’s short end: The Old Man, the F/X show starring Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow.
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