Weekend to remember
WEEKEND RETREAT is a brilliant mix of comedy, thriller and horror with unexpected touches of poignancy.
It features a superb cast and, unsurprisingly, has started winning film festival awards.
It also happens to be Cornish – from its writer/director and location to half its actors and almost all the crew.
To celebrate winning the Best Director award at the 2012 London Independent Film Festival, the West Briton is sponsoring a special screening of Weekend Retreat at The Plaza, Truro, on Monday at 8.15pm.
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After directing many award-winning shorts, Truro's Brett Harvey turned his hand to his first feature ... and what a debut it is.
Imagine Edgar "Hot Fuzz" Wright directing Straw Dogs from a script by the League of Gentlemen and you're only halfway there.
Karen has brought her husband Duncan to Cornwall to find out why he's being so distant. During their first night they are taken hostage by half-brothers Kevin and Gary Tregidger, who have been attempting to break into the house's safe.
They have also taken housekeeper Paulie hostage but can they see the job through without bickering and will Karen and Duncan's marriage survive the night? Indeed, will anyone survive ...?
Produced by Cornish film-makers Denzil Monk (Happy Christmas) and Simon Harvey (The Midnight Drives), the black comedy stars Esther Hall (Rome, Waking The Dead, Spooks) as Karen, Dominic Coleman (Psychoville, Clubbed) as Duncan and Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy, The Football Factory) as Paulie.
They are more than ably assisted by Cornwall's new rising star Dean Nolan as Gary and Simon Harvey – who as well as producing is a renowned actor with Kneehigh and o-region – as brother Kevin.
If that wasn't enough, another Harvey brother, Dan, is particularly sleazy as mechanic Dave.
The film is an entertaining mix of comedy highs (a false leg, garden gnome and some top swearing come into play), deftly handled emotion (a scene where kidnapper and victim bond, soundtracked by an Emily Barker song, springs to mind) and a fair amount of gore.
As the Cornish film mafia continues its rise – now with its own dedicated Dogbite film studios in Falmouth – one can only imagine this is just the first home-grown screening we will be sponsoring.
Tickets are available from www.wtwcinemas.co.uk