Ayoade Adoration Association™ Post XI

That's right, the AAA is back in session just for today, as it's a most special occasion:

He may have become one of the premiere indie film directors since the first series of Gadget Man, but that hasn’t stopped Richard Ayoade ♥ stepping up for a second series!

Last month a section for the show was recorded in a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Chingford, where Richard tried out a rather clever-sounding lambent shopping handle (you can read all about that here).

The new series is likely to air this Autumn; as soon as we can find out an actual transmission date, we’ll let you know. It remains to be see whether he’ll be inviting his TVO-connected buddies to accompany him in this series. We hope so!
Ayoade Returns as Gadget Man

I only ever see Richard Ayoade at the Toronto Film Festival, and that’s a shame. He’s a thoughtful director and an endlessly interesting conversationalist. Talking to him for 10 minutes just makes me wish I’d had twice as much time or more.

For example, we could have gone on a lot longer about the influence of eastern European filmmakers on his new movie, The Double. The grimy, bureaucratic hell through which Jesse Eisenberg’s nervous Simon moves is straight out of the bleak Polish films of the 60s.

“Yeah, definitely,” he nods, seated at the noisy bar on the second floor of the Lightbox. “Most people have said Brazil, but it really wasn’t that much in my mind. But Polanski definitely was – you know, all of his stuff, like Repulsion and The Tenant and Rosemary’s Baby.”

Those films share a common paranoia, which surfaces in Ayoade’s film when Simon meets his confident new co-worker James, who looks exactly like him, only cooler.
Director discusses European influences and casting in his Dostoevsky adaptation

1. For his insightful critiques of celebrity culture.
2. For his ability to condense thought-provoking literary analyses into 140 characters.
3. Because he makes his followers feel included in any discussion, no matter how bizarre.
4. Because he’s a strong, powerful man and he’s not ashamed of it.
5. Because much like his most famous TV role, Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd, he’s very averse to swearing unless absolutely necessary.
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Edit: According to my loyal administrator la_petite_singe, it isn't his birthday after all. Fudge. Oh well, at least we got another AAA post out of it.