Days of the Bagnold Summer


Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 12, 2019 5:00 PM
Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Big Night
Running Time:86 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Simon Bird
Producer:Matthew James Wilkinson
Screenwriter:Lisa Owens
Cinematographer:Simon Tindall
Editor:Ashley White
Cast:Monica Dolan
Earl Cave
Rob Brydon
Alice Lowe
Tamsin Greig
Print Source:Altitude Film Sales
Note Writer:Celeste Wong


SPECIAL PREMIERE: When plans to visit his father in Florida are abruptly canceled, 15-year-old Metallica superfan Daniel (Earl Cave, brilliant in his big-screen debut) begrudgingly spends the summer at home in the British 'burbs with his cheery librarian mum, Sue (Monica Dolan, Pride). On the surface, the moody teen and his unsinkable progenitor have about as much in common as his black heavy-metal t-shirts do with her pastel cardigans. The one trait they share is the struggle to follow Sue’s repeated advice: “Try something new.” Over the course of the summer, each is pushed to the limits of their comfort zone, and both indeed "try something new." With pitch-perfect performances by Dolan and Cave (and a wicked cameo by Rob Brydon) and set to a superb soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian, Simon Bird’s fabulous feature debut is an utterly delightful take on the coming-of-age comedy, hilariously and tenderly exploring the mother-son relationship with all its idiosyncrasies, heartache, and tenderness.

EXPECTED GUESTS: Director Simon Bird, Actor Earl Cave

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Simon Bird’s short Ernestine & Kit (2016) premiered at SXSW. As an actor, Bird has starred in sitcoms, such as Friday Night Dinner (2011-) and The Inbetweeners (2008-2010), as well as in films like The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), the United Kingdom’s highest-grossing comedy film to date; The Inbetweeners 2 (2014); and You, Me and Him (2017).