Film & TV

Bunny and the Bull

Written and directed by The Mighty Boosh director Paul King, Bunny and the Bull is one of the most original and charismatic films to come out of Britain in recent times. Screening exclusively at the Mercury Cinema from June 18-26, the film is an offbeat and heartfelt journey to the end of the room which, at times, evokes memories of Jim Henson’s creations with its painstakingly hand-made sets and intricate miniatures. 

Ostensibly a road-trip movie, Bunny and the Bull surpasses the boundaries of the genre, with the film’s protagonist Stephen (played by Edward Hogg) never actually leaving his bedroom. Instead, he treks back through his mind via various mementos of a real road trip he took through Europe with his hedonistic pal, Bunny (played by Simon Farnaby). 

Watched right through, Bunny and the Bull perfectly marries the comic and tragic themes at the centre of Stephen and Bunny’s relationship while never straying too close to anything that could be considered mainstream. Featuring performances from The Mighty Boosh actors Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, the film is visually stunning along with an amazing soundtrack by The Ralfe Band. 

Bunny and the Bull is part of a huge subculture stemming from director Paul King’s work on cult-hit TV series The Mighty Boosh and is eagerly anticipated by Boosh fans around the world. 

SYNOPSIS: Bunny and the Bull is a road movie set entirely in a flat. Stephen Turnbull hasn’t been outside in months. Living with a painfully restrictive routine, he refuses to interact with the world or think about the past. When a sudden infestation of mice forces him to change his ways, he finds his mind hurtling back to the disastrous trek around Europe he undertook with his friend Bunny, a womanising, gambling-addicted booze-hound. Unable to stem the flood of memories, Stephen’s flat becomes the springboard for an extraordinary odyssey through landscapes made up of snapshots and souvenirs, from the industrial wastelands of Silesia to the bull fields of Andalusia. A story of love, disillusionment, stuffed bears and globalised seafood, Bunny and the Bull is a unique, funny and charming film. 

For full program details, session times & prices visit http://www.mercurycinema.org.au200px-Bunny-bull-poster or call 8410 1934 to make a booking. The Mercury Cinema is located at 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide (between Hindley Street and North Terrace – within the Lion Arts Centre)

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