The Festival

Dir. Iain Morris

Once upon a time in the UK, there was the test card, with its irritating tone that was used to indicate a break in transmission of TV programmes. In parts of Scandinavia, they used videos of log fires and as the arrangement developed it was tagged "slow TV", recently including a barge progressing through a series of canals and locks. Having recently paid to see two films where the barge seemed to have been moored for two hours, it was nice to dip into a tried and trusted formula, where crudity and toilet humour can generate a mighty laugh or 10 with the audience.

When you have writers - in this case Joe Parham and Keith Akushie - who have been involved with scripts for The Inbetweeners, alongside one of its actors, Joe Thomas, who plays Nick, then you will have probably formed an idea of what The Festival will be like. In case you’re in any doubt, the opening scene, which owes an awful lot to the hair gel clip from There’s Something About Mary, dispels it.

The premise of the film is that a bunch of university graduate acquaintances go to a music festival similar to Glastonbury and an expected sequence of mishaps elapse. Nick and Shane (Hammed Animashaun) are the buddies who have wildly differing reasons for attending. The comedy arcs nicely around their tales, while the events that ensue veer between embarrassment and pain courtesy of a few explosive characters - the lovely but lonely Amy (Claudia O’Doherty), ‘Pirate’ (Kurt Yaeger) and even a drug high, hedonistic Smurf (Emma Rigby).

Part of the pleasure of the film is in ticking the boxes familiar to any seasoned festival goer and all the while creasing yourself. Go to see it, enjoy and have a crowd surf.

Ged Camera