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Brian and Charles  2021
Director:  Jim Archer
Producer:
  Rupert Majendie
Art Director:
  Jo Scholar
Editor:
  Jo Walker
Screenplay:
  David Earl and Chris Hayward
Director of Photography:
  Murren Tullett
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Cast:
spacer1 David Earl
spacer1 Chris Hayward
spacer1 Louise Brealey
spacer1 James Michie
spacer1 Lynn Hunter
spacer1 Nina Sosanya
spacer1 Lowri Izzard
spacer1 Mari Izzard
spacer1 Cara Chase
spacer1 Colin Bennett
spacer1 Rishi Nair
spacer1 Sunil Patel
spacer1 David Earl spacer1 Chris Hayward spacer1 Louise Brealey
spacer1 James Michie spacer1 Lynn Hunter spacer1 Nina Sosanya
spacer1 Lowri Izzard spacer1 Mari Izzard spacer1 Cara Chase
spacer1 Colin Bennett spacer1 Rishi Nair spacer1 Sunil Patel
spacer1 David Earl spacer1 Chris Hayward
spacer1 Louise Brealey spacer1 James Michie
spacer1 Lynn Hunter spacer1 Nina Sosanya
spacer1 Lowri Izzard spacer1 Mari Izzard
spacer1 Cara Chase spacer1 Colin Bennett
spacer1 Rishi Nair spacer1 Sunil Patel

Synopsis:
An endearing outlier, Brian lives alone in a Welsh valley, inventing oddball contraptions that seldom work. After finding a discarded mannequin head, Brian gets an idea. Three days, a washing machine, and sundry spare parts later, he’s invented Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and proves a charming, cheeky companion. Before long, however, Charles also develops autonomy. Intrigued by the wider world — or whatever lies beyond the cottage where Brian has hidden him away — Charles craves adventure.

Jim Archer’s imaginative, heartwarming comedy about loneliness and friendship works because its characters are emotionally layered and genuine. That we forget Charles isn’t “real” is testament to the physicality and voice of actor Chris Hayward, who co-wrote the screenplay. In building somebody to keep him company, Brian (Comedian and co-writer David Earl) ironically finds the self-worth to talk to Hazel, a timid neighbor he likes. But – with playful echoes of Frankenstein – he also fails to realise the emotional, developmental needs of his creation until it puts them all in danger.

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