Monday, April 24, 2006

Did I laugh? Like a crazy man!

Universal Wifey and I are, in a word, newlyweds - which is why my posts have been sporadic over the last few weeks, and from various different places in the world. (I was calling her Universal Wifey here before she actually was.) Our wedding was fantastic - but not traditional, by anyone's measure: there were stilt walkers and fire twirlers, significant involvement of public transport, the reception was a tiffin tea, the only flowers were actually dragon fruit, the bride didn't wear white and had feathers in her hair. Don't get me wrong, it was amazingly tasteful, but quite different to the norm.

Nevertheless, when we had the opportunity to attend a private screening of Confetti - a mocumentary about three couples competing to have the most original wedding - we felt duty bound to attend. I can't say much about the film because I'm probably already breaking an embargo, and judging by the 20th Century Fox security presence, they're pretty serious aboutit. But let me say that duty paid off.

Confetti is hillarious and I recommend it to you unreservedly. Debbi Isitt has managed the perfect balance of humour and sensitivity. It's gorgeous, and will, I suspect, be the big Brit film hit this year. The humour reminded me of Best In Show, it's funnier than Spinal Tap and all the better when you know that the entire thing was improvised by the actors, who did not see the other couples' performances, or ideas, until the final cut.

Viewed at a private screening
Look for it at your local cinema - it deserves massive success. It's hillarious.


Blogger Amazed said...


I was thinking about this new film the other day. Don't know much about it, and I'm sure it is very good. Also, it's great to have some (potentially) successful British cinema being made.

BUT I was wondering whether Americans think that all us Brits do is try to get married (Bridget Jones), get married and then die (4 Weddings etc etc).

I demand some more drink-yourself-over-the-edge-of-sanity cinema along a withnaily vein. What do you think?

Thursday, April 27, 2006 9:53:00 AM  
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Thursday, April 27, 2006 5:42:00 PM  
Blogger Damian said...

Don't forget films like Trainspotting, and all those films about the rave scene - it's all gone Pete Tong isn't bad, not very well known though. Maybe it's good that Britain makes its name for being a lover, not a fighter. Although you're right, it's probably not the best thing in the world to have your entire male population typified as a Hugh Grant character.

Also, I quite like nationalistic film cliches: Brits get married and die, or are dying to get married; French marry the wrong person, shag the right person, smoke and spend a lot of time stirring coffee; Italians do what the French did, but while driving swiftly in a small vehicle; the Americans do what the French did, but in a big vehicle, while parked, with a gun, in a politically correct manner; Australians do it like the Americans, but on top of a bus, in the desert, without a gun - until it all gets to be too much, and we go for a swim and barbecue something; Swedes do whatever they want to do, without getting married, in black and white, and improvised.

Make sure you see Confetti, because it's really nothing like Four Weddings, or Love Acutally, except for the weddings, of course. I hope it reinforces the British reputation for writing commedy which seems to have faded in recent years.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 5:45:00 PM  

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