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The Drummond Will


UK Director: Alan Butterworth Producer: Tobias Tobbell


Screenwriters: Alan Butterworth, Sam Forster Cinematographer: Adam Etherington Editor: Alex Emslie


Cast: Eryl Lloyd-Parry, Jeremy Drakes, Jonathan Hansler, Keith Parry, Mark Oosterveen


2010/b&w/81 min.


ALAN BUTTERWORTH Alan Butterworth began making films at the age of 17; his first, Players, was shown on Britain’s Channel 4. While attending the University of Reading, Butterworth nearly bankrupted the drama society with his production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. As a photographer, Butterworth has shot album covers for DJ Rectangle and Fightstar, also directing a music video for the latter. The Drummond Will is his feature film debut.


In rural England, the words of a vicar echo in a church at a funeral with few mourners. Marcus Drummond, a son of the deceased, sits alone looking bored and angry. But the mood shifts upon the breezy late arrival of long-haired Danny, who has hitched a ride on a truck. Their kindly old uncle Rufus is delighted to see them both; he encourages them to stay overnight, go fishing and meet with his solicitor—from whom they learn that although their father did not leave a will, the law dictates that they inherit his “estate”: a small cottage in disrepair.


After they discover a friend of their late father’s crouching in a broom closet clutching a large bag of cash in the house, one unlikely turn of events after another—initially hilarious but increasingly terrifying—ensues in this blackly comic mystery from cowriter/director Alan Butterworth, fittingly shot in black and white: there’s a lot more than meets the eye to this village and the seemingly quiet way of life its eccentric inhabitants lead. Danny, ever upbeat, devises schemes to keep the money; in his exuberance, he manages to convince conservative, dubious and fearful Marcus to go along—and the brothers find themselves relying on one another as never before.


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