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It’s truth time! 

Year: 2016 
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Sean Foley 
Starring: Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Kenneth Branagh, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan  
An image from Mindhorn

It’s 1989, and actor Richard Thorncroft is living the high life starring on television as special agent Bruce P. Mindhorn, who has the ability to see truth with his robotic eye. Flash forward twenty-five years and Thorncroft’s career has gone down the toilet; with no one remembering who he is, he has to resort to advertising dodgy products in order to get any cash. However, when an escaped hospital patient and suspected serial killer demands to speak to Mindhorn, believing him to be a real detective, the police call Thorncroft asking him for help. Sensing an opportunity, he returns to the Isle of Man, seeking to settle old scores, rekindle past romances and restore his reputation and career, while possibly saving the day along the way.

Julian Barratt, of The Mighty Boosh, does a brilliant job playing Thorncroft, helping make the absurd premise work and bringing many laughs throughout the film. While much of the cast is less well known, Mindhorn being an independent film, they all put in great performances, such as Essie Davis as Thorncroft’s former lover and Simon Farnaby as his old stunt double who has since outshone him. Steve Coogan also makes an appearance in a minor role, resulting in some funny scenes.

Mindhorn is a hilarious film with a very British sense of humour which, despite its silly plot, contains a satisfying and enjoyable storyline with some very entertaining characters.

Iain Walker

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Screenings of this film:

2017/2018 Autumn Term (digital)