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Brian and Charles | Jim Archer, David Earl, and Chris Hayward Sundance 2022 Interview [Exclusive]

Brian and Charles

One of the strangest and lovable comedies out of the Sundance Film Festival this year has to be Brian and Charles.

Expanded from the short film of the same title, the fascinating story follows a lonely inventor who built his own best friend as a robot, but the machine develops very childlike instincts.

Here is the description of the film from Sundance:

An endearing outlier, Brian lives alone in a Welsh valley, inventing oddball contraptions that seldom work. After finding a discarded mannequin head, Brian gets an idea. Three days, the washing machine, and sundry spare parts later, he’s invented Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and proves to be a charming, cheeky companion. Before long, however, Charles also develops autonomy. Intrigued by the wider world—or whatever lies beyond the cottage where Brian has hidden him away—Charles craves adventure.

The film stars David Earl as Brian with Chris Hayward as Charles the robot. Jim Archer directed the movie that was co-written with Earl.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Jim Archer with the lead stars David Earl and Chris Hayward. We talked about the original short film, expanding the concept, and constructing Charles in the current form for the film.

Jim Archer wrote many comedy sketches and made his debut in 2014 with the short film Intervention. He directed numerous shorts, including My Sister’s Dollhouse, Phil: A Tribute to a Man, God’s Own County, and Spokke. Also, he directed episodes for the series Down from London and The Young Offenders. Brian and Charles is his full-length feature film directorial debut.

David Earl is a standup comedian. He appeared in several series, including Derek, Rovers, After Life, and Drunk History: UK.

Chris Hayward has made appearances in multiple series, including King Gary, Pls Like, Sick Note, and Friday Night Dinner.

Brian and Charles made its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the exclusive interview with Jim Archer, David Earl, and Chris Hayward below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Sundance 2022

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