by Adam Oldroyd
Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information
When two inept young criminals break into the home of a washed-up psychic in search of his hidden loot, they get a lot more than they bargained for… because ‘The All-Seeing Stupendo' is a genuine master of the dark mystic arts – at least that’s what it says on his poster and he’s sticking to it.
Adam is a writer, producer & director whose diverse theatre, film & TV credits cover wildlife, comedy, drama and children’s programming; including BAFTA, EMMY & RTS nominated & award-winning shows, like WILD JAPAN, DEADLY 60 and ANDY’S PREHISTORIC ADVENTURES.
“Black comedy is as British as tea and scones, cricket and moaning about the weather. It’s part of our DNA and the darker the better. Growing up in the U.K. in the 70’s & 80’s I’ve always been aware of the pathos and tragedy that underpin the great British comedies – from the jolly crucifixions of THE LIFE OF BRIAN, to the sardonic quips of the doomed soldiers in BLACKADDER GOES FORTH, British film and TV has always confronted the darker side of our existence with a well-honed, humorous insult.
I wrote SIDESHOW aiming to be a part of that rich tradition. It’s a film that presents the lives of flawed and broken characters, then drags them through the dirt to the edge of despair, for our pleasure and amusement; at the same time revealing within them a sliver of humanity which we can hopefully all relate to. With its contained cast of colourful characters and mixture of dark wit and high-stakes drama, I was very influenced by the similar rich vein of twisted offbeat British humour found in THE LADYKILLERS, SIGHTSEERS, DEATH AT A FUNERAL and WITHNAIL & I”.
Les Dennis - Pendrick
Anthony Head - Gerald
April Pearson - Eva
Nathan Clarke - Dom
Original Title: Sideshow | UK 2020 | English | 91' | shot on HD Red
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