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Richard Ayoade, London

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Andy Stebbing, Mark Herbert, Mary Burke
  • Executive Producer: Ben Stiller
  • Screenplay: Richard Ayoade, based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne
  • Runtime: 94
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British comic Richard Ayoade delivers his hotly-anticipated feature debut Submarine. One boy must fight to save his mother from the advances of a mystic and simultaneously lure his eczema-strafed girlfriend in to the bedroom armed with only a vast vocabulary and near-total self-belief. His name is Oliver Tate.

DramaComedyComing of Age & YouthSexualityRomanceFirst Time FeatureNon ConformityUnited Kingdom

screening times

    • Sunday September 12
    • 8:00:00 PM
    • Tuesday September 14
    • 12:00:00 PM
    • Sunday September 19
    • 6:00:00 PM
    • VARSITY 8

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

The world hadn’t been waiting for the Welsh Rushmore, which makes Submarine that much more of a thrill. Full of surprises and amazingly affecting, this is a film to fall in love with. Writer-director Richard Ayoade is already a rising star in the UK thanks to his work on The IT Crowd. With the wry comedy and dead-on observations in this debut, he has found a whole new canvas for his view of flawed youth.

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom (the always delightful Sally Hawkins) is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham (Paddy Considine, hilarious here in a comedy hairdo), Oliver monitors his parents’ sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from Mom to Dad. His love interest Jordana (a spirited performance by Yasmin Paige) is refreshingly complicated; a self-professed pyromaniac, she supervises Oliver’s journal writing ­– especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out.

Based on Joe Dunthorne’s acclaimed novel, Submarine is a captivating coming-of-age story with an offbeat edge. Oliver is a consummate anti-hero, as sardonic and self-obsessed as any postmodern Holden Caulfield, and Roberts plays the role with the necessary cocktail of stubborn egotism and gangly unease. Ayoade is clearly a devotee of Godard, employing snippets of music and riffing on his use of colour-coding. But even with the shades of Godard and Wes Anderson, this vibrant film comes off as a real original and marks the beginning of a career to watch closely.

Cameron Bailey

director bio

Richard Ayoade was born in London, England and studied at the University of Cambridge. He is an actor, comedian, writer and director. His television writing-directing credits include The Mighty Boosh, Man to Man with Dean Learner and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. He wrote and directed the short film AD/BC: A Rock Opera (04) and directed Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo (08). Submarine (10) is his first feature film.

full credits

Principal Cast: Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige
Andy Stebbing, Mark Herbert, Mary Burke
Executive Producer:
Ben Stiller
Erik Wilson
Nick Fenton, Chris Dickens
Martin Beresford
Andrew Hewitt
Production Designer:
Gary Williamson
International Sales Agent:
 Protagonist Pictures
Production Company:
Warp Films
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