Brakes follows the story of nine couples from the end of the their relationship to it's beginning. The film explores the disintegration of our intimate and loving relationships through a comically twisted narrative that riffs on the inevitability of loss and death - in all it's senses. Each of the stories is precise yet relatable and any viewer is likely to see a part of themselves in the relationship dynamics.
The film – which premiered at 2016’s Edinburgh Film Festival - marks the writing and directing debut of long-established actress Mercedes Grower and represents an interesting experiment with form due to its reversed narrative and the improvised nature of much of the material.
Brakes has already received its share of awards-love as it received a Special Jury Mention for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the EFF as well as a nomination for the Discovery Award at the upcoming LOCO Film Festival. It has also received positive reviews from a number of critics such as Andrew Pulver of The Guardian and Kate Muir of The Times.
The film’s starring cast is a strong mix of some of the UK’s finest talents from The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt to the acclaimed Steve Oram (Sightseers), Paul McGann (Withnail & I), Julia Davis (Nighty Night) and Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave). There is sure to be an actor in the cast that is beloved to any film or music lover.
Brakes will be featured in the LOCO Film Festival on 6th May. Watch the trailer below: