The unexpected hit of this year’s Sundance London finds its way into cinemas this week, with the arrival of ‘Brian And Charles’. The film, which captured the festival’s heart and won the Audience Award, tells the unlikely story of solitary inventor, Brian (David Earl), who creates a robot out of a mannequin and a washing machine. He names his new companion Charles (Chris Hayward) and the touching mockumentary traces their relationship as the robot becomes increasingly human.
In the exclusive interview below, Earl and Hayward, who also created the unconventional partnership between man and robot, talk about how the character of Brian came into being – Earl gives all the credit to Ricky Gervais – and the practicalities of working inside the cardboard box costume created for Charles. And the duo admit that the temptation to “corpse” during takes never went away.
‘Brian And Charles’ is released in cinemas on 8 July 2022.