Don’t let the title fool you. This character study by newcomer Tom Shkolnik is no laughing matter. For his feature debut, the Israeli-born director explores the world of a Londoner caught in a mid-life slump. Ed (Edward Hogg) is a telesales zombie by day and struggling stand-up by night who, after a particularly terrible gig, strikes up an impromptu relationship with audience member Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett). What starts as a passionate love affair quickly spirals into confusion and chaos as Ed’s newfound fling threatens his work and personal life.
Improv-heavy and shot chronologically, The Comedian has a naturalistic, vérité feel. Sadly, this fly-on-the-wall technique starts to weigh it down; the film loses narrative momentum by focusing too much on the minutiae of each spur-of-the-moment scene. It may do a decent job of capturing the dreary hopelessness of modern urban life, but it'll also leave you feeling like its troubled protagonist: a little lost and in need of a few answers. [Simon Bland]
The Comedian is released on DVD and VoD 29 Jul by Trinity film
• ‘One Happy Moment’ - Tom Shkolnik’s highly acclaimed short film. The story of two people, whose worlds are far apart and yet somehow deeply connected, finding one another in a city of millions (32mins running time).
• Tom Shkolnik’s 10 Rules of The Game (a manifesto for the making of the film)
• UK Theatrical Trailerhttp://www.trinityfilm.co.uk