Words by Anna Parker
It’s fair to say that over the years the British have excelled at one thing in particular: Comedy. One film, which especially verges on the surreal, is ‘Bunny and the Bull’, directed by Paul King, released in 2009.
Starring Edward Hogg (‘Misfits’) who is reflecting on a road trip he made with his best friend Simon Farnaby (‘The Mighty Boosh’) across Europe whilst encountering various bizarre and mind bending characters (including The Mighty Boosh actors Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt) And ‘The IT Crowd’s’ Richard Ayoade, before tragedy leaves Hogg to give up on his girlfriend and live as a recluse unable to leave in his flat.
The strengths of the film include genuinely hilarious moments metered out with a surprisingly dark twist in the narrative. At times it seems the film could have easily been just an extended episode of ‘The Mighty Boosh’.
But King gives it depth by addressing issues such as death and mental illness; whilst channelling director Michel Gondry, with beautiful and whimsical scenes, such as a bull made entirely from clockwork.
Overall a film which manages to be funny, sad and dreamlike whilst celebrating the surrealism that British comedy does so well.
Words by Naomi Jeffreys
Everybody loves a bit of Bridget Jones, which was released in 2001. A true British classic comedy film, written by the comedy greats, Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and period drama writer Andrew Davies (Sense and Sensibility 2008).
The film was a box office success, grossing $281,929,795 worldwide, which is staggering given its reasonable budget of $20 million.
Check out some of the funniest quotes below:
[From the UK release]
Bridget: Bridget Jones, wanton sex goddess, with a very bad man between her thighs… Mum… Hi.
Bridget: You once said you liked me just as I am and I just wanted to say likewise. I mean there are stupid things your mum buys you, tonight’s another… classic. You’re haughty, and you always say the wrong thing in every situation and I seriously believe that you should rethink the length of your sideburns. But, you’re a nice man and I like you. If you wanted to pop by some time that might be nice… more than nice.
Mark Darcy: Right, crikey.
Words by Naomi Jeffreys
Johnny English Reborn starred Rown Atkinson (Mr Bean), Gillian Anderson (The X Files) and Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice). Directed by Oliver Parker (St Trinian’s) it was a box office success and grossed $160,078,586 worldwide.
This is true British comedy, awkward, bumbling and belly achingly funny.
Check out these quotes of the day below:
Johnny English: “Let’s kick some bottom.”
Johnny English: “I may not know much about golf, Tucker, but I know how to hold the bat.”