Richard Ayoade ♥ likes to mess with your expectations. The British filmmaker directs our July 11 movie, “The Double” to look like a shadowy, gritty film noir built on psychological anxiety, but he delivers a film instead with the heart of a surreal black comedy.
The London-born Ayoade actually got his start in comedy, and he’s perhaps most well-known for his role as an actor in the British sitcom “The IT Crowd,” where he plays Maurice Moss, a socially awkward computer genius who can’t always find the right words, can’t bring himself to curse, and can’t dress himself without the help of his mum.
He has also built a cult following a music video director for alternative rock bands, where he often blends clashing cinematic influences into his short works. With a personal Top 10 films list that includes directors as diverse in style as Éric Rohmer, Terrence Malick, Ingmar Bergman, and more, Ayoade has found plenty of visual inspiration to draw upon.
An introduction (in music videos) to Richard Ayoade
Richard Ayoade, the director of Submarine and this year’s The Double, takes us on a guided tour of his cinematic influences and inspirations. A unique opportunity to hear this thoughtful and imaginative film fan and filmmaker talk about what moves, amuses and provokes him.
Behind the Screen tickets give access to Behind the Screen events only plus a complimentary drink. Tickets for film screenings must be purchased separately. In conjunction with a purchased ticket to Film4 Summer Screen, your Behind the Screen ticket gives you access to a reserved space in the courtyard for the main film.
Behind the Screen - Richard Ayoade: Films of My Life
Richard Ayoade has confirmed he is to release a book… about himself.
Ayoade on Ayoade is part autobiography, part self-depreciating, self-aggrandising satire. As the man himself puts it: “Would it be too much to say that my somewhat-wry prose has changed the way the film community thinks about itself (and indeed how it thinks about the concept of community)?
No. It wouldn’t. In fact, it’s actually pretty insulting that this so-called ‘Community’ hasn’t done more to acknowledge (or even begin to repay) its undoubted debt to me.”
Ayoade on Ayoade
The National Theatre’s adaptation of Ross Collins’ children’s picture book The Elephantom, about a little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a giant blue ghost-elephant, officially opened this weekend at the New London Theatre.
Celebrity guests in attendance included: Angela Griffin, Kemi Majeks, Richard Ayoade, Robert Webb, Jason Flemyng, Thomasina Miers, Kerry Goldiman, Camilla Rutherford, Nitin Ganatra, Nihal Arthanayake, Romesh Ranganathan, David Gyasi, Katherine Ryan, Nick Hewer, John Sergeant, Indira Varma, Jade Parfitt, Newton Faulkner and Mark Watson.
Photo Feature: Celebrity guests attend West End opening of National Theatre's The Elephantom