Director: Mercedes Grower
Cast: Julian Barrett, Kelly Campbell, Seb Cardinal, Noel Fielding, Juliet Cowan, Julia Davis
Country of Origin: UK 2017 88 mins.
Released by Bulldog Releasing
The National stage door, the Thames, a Soho video shop, Soho Square and The Kentish Arms form the backdrop for Mercedes Grower's small budget, debut feature, part two, part one, upside down romcom glance at failed relationships and the spark that set them off. Billed as a raw, dark comedy about endings and beginnnings, 'Brakes' irritating, improvised, cling to the edge feel lacks wit or irony. Noel Fielding and his pregnant girlfriend's 'f... you, f... me' tirade in the public toilets and their ice skating boots intro offers a brief glimmer of hope, but otherwise, why did they bother.