• Publication date: October 1, 2011

Two Unlikely Friends Create a Low Budget Masterpiece Son of Rambow: The Most Original Unoriginal Film Ever

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is the member of a strict religious community in rural England that forbids television, music, and dancing. The prohibition on television even extends to educational films. When his class views a documentary one day, he excuses himself and waits in the hallway until the movie ends.

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is the member of a strict religious community in rural England that forbids television, music, and dancing. The prohibition on television even extends to educational films. When his class views a documentary one day, he excuses himself and waits in the hallway until the movie ends.

In that hallway he is rudely introduced to school terror Lee Carter (Will Poulter) who promptly tosses a ball at Proudfoot's head. He misses but breaks a fishbowl instead. Carter agrees to take the blame, but stipulates that Will must perform stunts in his home movie remake of First Blood as a favor. He reluctantly agrees.

Lee's brother Lawrence (Ed Westwick) operates a small video bootlegging business, and as such owns some video equipment, including an early 80s, large and cumbersome VHS camera. The two boys begin filming their low budget film, Rambow (the misspelling is unintentional). Soon these polar opposites form a genuine friendship, but must hide it from Will's mother, Mary (Jessica Hynes) who would shun the relationship, and especially Will's budding interest in filmmaking.

This strange relationship is interrupted when a group of French exchange students headed by Didier Revol (Jules Sitruk) arrive. Didier and his pals would like to join the production, but the older peers begin to overtake the entire project. More specifically, Proudfoot is slowly pushed to the sidelines and into irrelevancy. Now to salvage both Lee's film and friendship with Will he must act quickly and intelligently; in parallel, Will must at some point confront his domineering, puritanical mother. Regardless of Rambow's destiny an unforgettable summer is certain to ensue.

Son of Rambow's soundtrack features a number of complementary 80s tunes by Britpop artists like Gary Numan, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, The Cure and many more.

Year: 2007

Duration: 96 minutes

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring:

Will Poulter

Bill Milner

Neil Dudgeon

Adam Godley

Director: Garth Jennings

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence and reckless behavior.