The film that starts at the end and ends at the beginning, Brakes is the upcoming rock‘n’roll romantic comedy from debuting writer/director Mercedes Grower. It will be released in UK cinemas November 24.
Described as the perfect “anti-date” movie, Brakes is the upcoming rock‘n’roll romantic comedy starring new The Great British Bake Off star Noel Fielding alongside Julian Barratt. The debut feature from actor/director Mercedes Grower, this unconventional, dark micro-budget comedy follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, beginning with the “brutal and absurd” endings of their relationships first.
Releasing in UK cinemas November 24, the film travels back to the moments when the spark of love between these couples first emerged. Also featuring Paul McGann (Withnail & I), Julia Davis (Nighty Night), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave), Steve Oram (Sightseers), Roland Gift (The Fine Young Cannibals), Peter Wight (Babel, Atonement), Kate Hardie (Mona Lisa) and Seb Cardinal (Cardinal Burns), Brakes uses London as the match-making backdrop for these unique stories to unfold.
“Like watching Love Actually with a death clock”, said Andrew Pulver of The Guardian, Brakes received a Special Jury Mention for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2016 and has won audiences over at many festivals since, including LOCO London Comedy Film Festival and the inaugural ‘Cineramageddon’ event, curated by Julien Temple, at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The debut feature from writer/director Mercedes Grower, who has over ten years experience in the television and film industries, Brakes was praised by Kate Muir in The Times who called it “a loose-limbed, hilarious and poignant film.”
After attending Sadler’s Wells Ballet School Grower studied acting in New York during her teens, before returning to London where she started the comedy duo ‘The Hush’ and has since appeared in several notable film and television roles including Low Winter Sun, Guy Ritchie’s Revolver, Adrian Shergold’s Dirty Filthy Love, The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells and Cardinal Burns. Mercedes is currently writing and developing her second feature and will also be working with Laura Michalchyshyn from Sundance TV and Wren Arthur from Olive productions in the US on her sitcom Sailor.
Brakes is released in UK cinemas November 24.