DVD region 2. Crabtree Films.
Drummond Will has been gaining rave reviews at festivals
across the world, and it’s not hard to see why – this
gleefully eccentric and somewhat nostalgic black comedy is hugely
Phillip James and Mark Oosterveen play a couple of mismatched
brothers who return to the small village where they grew up for
their father’s funeral. Finding that they now own his rundown
cottage, they visit the house only to find an old man hiding in
a wardrobe, clutching a couple of hundred grand in cash. Locking
him in while they figure out what to do, the pair soon find themselves
with a corpse on their hands. This is only the start of their
problems though, as soon more and more bodies start to pile up
– all the result of unfortunate accidents – and a
mystery blackmailer is threatening to tell the police everything
unless the cash is handed over.
Shot in black and white, this low budget indie film comes across
like Withnail & I meets Shallow Grave,
as the two brothers bicker and the bodies pile up thanks to the
stash of money. With pin-sharp dialogue, two personable leads,
solid direction from Alan Butterworth, the film skilfully mixes
some genuinely hilarious moments with more subtle, deeply dark
humour as the eccentric supporting cast are killed off one by
one. It’s nice to see a British film that isn’t trying
to be aggressively hip, and The Drummond Will
often brings to mind old school British comedies, from Ealing
to oddball efforts like The Wrong Box.
A fine entry into the long line of films set in eccentric English
villages that have dark secrets, this is a compellingly entertaining
slice of gallows humour, and heartily recommended..
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