New York Premiere
Dir. Simon Amstell, UK, 2018, 85 mins
Like a perfectly steeped cup of English Breakfast, BENJAMIN is a satisfyingly, bittersweet romantic comedy from the distinctive mind of Simon Amstell (NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS). Benjamin is an anxious, awkward filmmaker who feels stuck ahead of the premiere of his second feature. His lack of confidence in the film is eating away at him, and, though passion fuels his writing material, he’s overwhelmed by his self-proclaimed inability to love. When a beautiful young French musician named Noah comes into Benjamin’s life, he begins to let go of his past romantic traumas and see the light. It’s not long, however, before Benjamin’s insecurities come knocking and threaten to throw his life and relationship into disarray.
Colin Morgan (THE FALL, NBC’s MERLIN) brilliantly leads the film, and perfectly delivers Amstell’s witty dialogue while allowing us to empathize with Benjamin’s many uncomfortable situations. The film also features the fun, familiar faces of Joel Fry (GAME OF THRONES, YESTERDAY), Nathan Stewart-Jarret (MISFITS, Broadway’s 2018 production of ANGELS IN AMERICA), and Ellie Kendrick (GAME OF THRONES, AN EDUCATION).
Writer: Simon Amstell
Cast: Colin Morgan, Phenix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jessica Raine, Jack Rowan, Anna Chancellor, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Ellie Kendrick