Brakes, the first feature film from Mercedes Grower, which features a cast populated by TVO-connected artists, has received a special commendation from the jury at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Brakes, which explores the endings and beginnings of different relationships, stars Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Julia Davis, Steve Oram and Mercedes alongside a host of top British acting talent. Oliver Ralfe and Joseph Lynn were also involved behind the scenes.
The film was highlighted as the runner up in the category for Best British Feature Film, coming second to Ben Sharrock’s directorial debut, Pikadero. The prestigious Michael Powell Award for best Feature honours imagination and creativity in British filmmaking, so for Brakes to be singled out for a special mention is quite an achievement.
Over 160 features and 130 shorts from 55 countries were screened at this year’s landmark 70th Festival. Commenting on the incredibly high standard of entries at this year’s festival and the quality of the submissions they were judging, the juries stressed that they had some tough decisions to make in choosing the winners (the full list of winners can be found here). Hearty congratulations to Mercedes and the team!
Brakes also well received at the Galway film Fleadh earlier this month. As soon as we hear of any more screenings, we’ll let you know – we know that a fair few of you are keen to see it! In the meantime, if you haven’t read them yet, take a look at our review of the film and our recent interview with writer/director/actor, Mercedes. Hopefully they’ll help to tide you over until there’s a screening happening near you…