For many years, filmmaker Richard Ayoade was best known, mostly in Britain, for his work with the comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh and the television series “The IT Crowd” as well as his video work with the Arctic Monkeys, but his debut feature Submarine, based on a book by Joe Dunthorne, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September to rave reviews before being picked up by The Weinstein Company. It’s a coming-of-age tale that fits so well into the nature of other films at Sundance that they wisely decided to continue its festival run before releasing it.
The movie stars newcomer Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate, a 15-year-old lad from Wales who is dealing with two very different problems, his first unbridled first love for his classmate Jordana Bevan (Yasmin Paige), and the potential separation of his parents, played by Noah Taylor and Sally Hawkins, as his mother starts spending time with their gregarious neighbor Graham (played by Paddy Considine), an odd New Age psychic complete with “love van.”
Back in January, ComingSoon.net sat down with Richard at the Sundance Film Festival for the video interview below.
Submarine opens in select cities on Friday, June 3.