Acts of Godfrey
Cast: Celia Imrie, Harry Enfield, Iain Robertson, MyFanwy Waring, Simon Callow
FILM FESTIVALS: Raindance Film Festival 2011
Acts of Godfrey is a delightfully dark British indie comedy, that boasts a wicked sense of humour and an ensemble cast of renowned British actors and comedians, including Simon Callow, Harry Enfield, Celia Imrie and Iain Robertson.
A motley crew of bizarre characters, including a conman, a couple of medical reps and a boy-band manager, assemble for a two-day motivational sales course called ‘Win Only Win’. The film tells the story of alarm salesmen and hapless loser Vic Timms, unlucky in love and life alike. When God (or Godfrey) intervenes he sets Vic on course to meet shameless man-eater Mary Macdallen. However, even with Godfrey’s divine intervention things aren’t as straightforward as they should be. Throw in greed, deceit, and a new sexual super drug and you have a recipe for disaster. Oh, and the whole thing is told in rhyming couplets.
Oozing a darkly comic charm Acts of Godfrey raises questions about love, ethics and the nature of free will. Callow, as the manipulative and mischievous narrator of the story centres the film and allows the rest of the talented cast to simply do their thing. Daukes is a strong director, but most of the plaudits must go to his imaginative and hilarious script, written in a rhyming couplet form made popular by Shakespeare, brought bang up to date.