Ahead of The Continental’s screening of The Mighty Boosh tour documentary Journey of the Childmen this Saturday, they screened regular Mighty Boosh director Paul King’s debut feature film The Bunny and The Bull.
Three pounds in, a free bowl of popcorn and the debut feature of a director oozing potential, no one can say fairer than that.
The film itself is a treat for any Mighty Boosh fan, but that isn’t to say it’s anything like The Mighty Boosh. Visually you can draw comparisons; the simplistic settings and low-budget looking props give the film that automatically endearing feel. The likeability of our main character, Stephen Turnbull (played by Edward Hogg), makes you want to root for him, makes you want him to succeed.
Our protagonist hasn’t left his flat in months, he has severe OCD and agoraphobia, he lives his life by routine. But when a rat infestation strikes, his carefully planned out schedule is thrown off. The film is played out in flashbacks and dream sequences to his long road trip across Europe with his best friend, the untrustworthy lothario Bunny (played by Simon Farnaby).
It begins with a failed attempt at Stephen confessing his love for his sweetheart, and then takes them across Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Along the way, you’ll recognise the voices and faces of Mighty Boosh regulars Rich Fulcher, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade.
Although this feature debut doesn’t stand on a par with Richard Ayoade’s incredible debut Submarine, it manages to draw out that same likeability that the early Mighty Boosh episodes held. Sets are built from objects contained in the flat and his travel across Europe is a mish-mash of live-action and stop-motion, creating an altogether original film. It’s genuinely unlike most films you’ll see; it’s simple plot-wise while being a treat for the eyes.
As well as being a good film, The Continental’s perfectly suited event space makes for a great place to view films that you’d otherwise only be able to watch on DVD.
Bunny and the Bull was screened as a warm-up to the Lancashire International Film Festival, as a warm-up to Saturday’s event which will feature a Q+A session with Boosh tour director Oliver Ralfe, along with a concert with The Ralfe Band who provided music for both films.
Get down for the screening at 6:30 on Saturday, again at the New Continental. For more information, head to www.newcontinental.net.