Documentary featuring Russell Brand filmed in Devon
PUBLISHED: 15:46 28 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:55 28 January 2014
A Royal Hangover is an independent documentary film, focusing on the issue of ambivalent alcohol in Britain. Aimed predominantly at the 18-30 year olds who form the majority of the binge drinking scene in the UK.
The film features stories and interviews from a range of people: from healthcare professionals to politicians, former addicts to charities. A Royal Hangover is an increasingly relevant portrait of a nation and it’s love of booze. “The drinking culture in the UK is something I’m truly ashamed of being British for, and something we clearly need to tackle in a different way than we have before” explains Silver Levy-So, producer and cameraman, “and I think getting young people inspired and excited by other cultures and trying new ‘healthy’ things, whether that be through the education system or from parents etc, is a part of the way forward.” Shocking and hilarious, yet consistently sympathetic and thought provoking, this is a film we can all relate to. “Think Bowling For Columbine, only with alcohol instead of guns” says Silver.
About the crew:
A small group of independent filmmakers from Devon, mostly self-taught in the art and have been running the project for over a year mainly off their own backs. Because of their own experience of growing up in Devon, they know lots of people and all of the social nightlife spots – hence a huge proportion of the film was shot around Devon (Plymouth, Torquay, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter then also lots in Bristol). They feel that binge drinking has become especially bad in the area, and you’ll see yourself on the release of the film… but prepare yourselves, it’s not for the fainthearted!
“I think our film is quite revolutionary, no not just because it features “mr revolution” himself aka Russell Brand, because it looks at this major problem from all angles in also a serious way, not only making fun out of it as if it’s just a laughing matter like all these other programs at the moment, but we approach it as the serious issue it is in our own way as accomplished soberists. So if you watch the film when it’s released hopefully you’ll feel that and see it all in a new light” explains Silver.
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