IFEATURES' The Goob, combining the dirty roar of stock car thunder with the visceral vision of a teenage boy's first love, has been selected to see its world premiere at Venice Days (27 August – 6 September).
The Goob, writer and director Guy Myhill's debut feature, is produced by Lee Groombridge (Don't Think, Time to Dance) and Mike Elliott (Catch Me Daddy, The Unloved) for Emu Films. It stars BAFTA winner Sean Harris (Prometheus, Southcliffe, Jamaica Inn, Red Riding Trilogy, 24 Hour Party People), Sienna Guillory (Luther, Resident Evil Retribution), Hannah Spearritt (Primeval) and first time actor Liam Walpole as Goob.
The Goob was developed and produced through iFeatures, Creative England's flagship low budget feature film initiative run in partnership with BFI Film Fund, BBC Films and Creative Skillset. iFeatures is currently in its third iteration and announced its latest shortlist of 18 films last month.
Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England, said: "Creative England is at the heart of supporting emerging talent in England, both through our iFeatures programme and our partnership with the BFI NET.WORK. The Goob was shot entirely in Norfolk, and is a showcase for local talent, locations and crew. This film is a shining example of not only the incredible talent in our English regions, but also why the UK is one of the leading global powerhouses of film.”
Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England and the architect of iFeatures, said: "Guy and his talented collaborators have crafted an amazing first feature that paints a vibrant portrait of a rural community rarely seen on film before. iFeatures has always been about cinema that brings fresh perspectives on contemporary England and we're delighted that Venice will be the first stop on what we're sure will be a successful international festival run. Avanti Il Goob!”
Mike Elliot & Lee Groombridge, EMU Films, said "Having been introduced to Guy's irreverent take on pastoral England via Sean Harris, we're thrilled that our first collaboration is heading for Venice. Guy's exuberance and positivity marks him out amongst contemporary British filmmakers, and with Catch Me Daddy premiering at Cannes 2014 Director's Fortnight, we're delighted that EMU's second feature will debut at the Venice counterpart.”
Lizzie Francke, Senior Executive in the BFI Film Fund said, "'The Goob is just one of those films that gets the hairs going on the back of your neck - fresh, energised cinema that vividly depicts time and place with the most captivating performance from newcomer Liam Walpole at the heart of it. Go The Goob!"
Steve Jenkins, Executive Producer for BBC Films, said: "Guy's film has such a striking and very distinctive European feel, so a Venice premiere is both a great achievement and very appropriate. And for a film set in England's own waterland to go to Europe's film festival on water is such a neat move!"