Richard Ayoade’s debut film Submarine scores rave reviews

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8th Feb 2011 – UK-based production company Warp Films, which made Shane Meadows’ This Is England and Chris Morris’ Four Lions, opens its latest drama Submarine in the UK on 18th of March.

Directed by The It Crowd actor Richard Ayoade, Submarine follows the exploits of 15-year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) as he spends the year in his Welsh home town trying to come to terms with life behind the social exclusion he finds himself in. With a dose of Harold and Maude’s dark humour and existential outlook on life and a little of Napoleon Dynamite’s quirky styling, Oliver is convinced his father is clinically depressed and his mother (Sally Hawkins) is having an affair with her new-age mystic life coach (Paddy Considine). So he sets out to bring the family back together, while trying to fulfil a self-induced task to lose his virginity before his sixteenth birthday to friend Jordana (Yasmin Paige).

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Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate with his best friend Jordana (Yasmin Paige)

“I have been waiting too long for the film of my life. My name is Oliver Tate. This film will capture my particular idiosyncrasies, for example, the way I seduce my classmate Jordana Bevan using only my mind. Also, since my parents’ marriage is being threatened by a man who runs courses on Mental and Physical Wellbeing, the film will probably feature some elaborate set-pieces of me taking him down. There will be helicopter shots. There will be slow-mo, but also transcendent moments, like when I cure my father’s depression. Knowing me as I do, I will be surprised if this film runs to less than three hours. Note to the press: appropriate adjectives to describe this film include ‘breath-taking’ and ‘irresistible’ as well the phrase: ‘a monumental achievement’.”Oliver Tate
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The Telegraph’s film critic David Gritten said the film felt “like the most refreshing, urgent and original debut the British film industry has seen in years”, adding “It’s not just that Submarine is delightful, assured work: Ayoade has shown a path to fledgling British filmmakers, proving it’s possible to stick to one’s guns with personal, uncompromising films.”

Featuring original songs by the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and executive produced by Ben Stiller, Submarine promises to be one of the best British films of 2011.

Submarine is released on 18th March 2011.

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I see shades of Harold and Maude in this image of Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate in Submarine:
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Actress Sally Hawkins plays Oliver’s mother in the film:
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Paddy Considine plays an eccentric life coach in Ayoade’s film:
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Discover More:
Click here for Film4 article on Submarine
More reviews: Sneer Snipe | Screen Daily | Assistant Blog | J-Hady | Film.com | Gordon and the Whale

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    Marc Reply

    You said it, with “Harold and Maude’s dark humour and existential outlook on life and a little of Napoleon Dynamite’s quirky styling,” Yup, it’ all there. So excited to see this and I’ve heard nothing but greatness so far.

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    Andrew Reply

    This is the third time in one day that I’ve heard about this movie, and also heard positive things about it. Not sure how I missed it until just now, but better late than never I suppose. Regardless, it looks very, very good, with the potential to be pretty great. If nothing else, Hawkins ought to be watchable here, as she usually is, and I can’t really say no to a Paddy f’ing Considine performance.

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