Withnail and I - Special 30th Anniversary Screening
Two out-of-work actors - the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub
Introduction and post–screening discussion with Richard E. Grant
Based on the life of its writer/director Bruce Robinson, Withnail And I is set in London in 1969 with two out of work actors, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann), fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing–up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non–stop, there's no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood.
Robinson's Withnail and I is an enduring British cult film. Enthusiasts call out the iconic phrases from the endlessly brilliant script to one another like mating calls; "Scrubbers!", "We want the finest wines known to humanity and we want them now!" Withnail and I is movie magic, enhanced by an aimless but appallingly eventful plot. Popular among students, it strikes a chord with anyone who has undergone a period of debauchery and impoverished squalor prior to finding their way onto life's straight and narrow.
IN CONVERSATION: RICHARD E. GRANT
Richard E. Grant made his film debut in Bruce Robinson’s classic British comedy Withnail And I and the rest, as they say, is history. He is multi-talented; an actor, writer, director, raconteur, and not to mention - a successful entrepreneur after the launch of his award winning perfume Jack in 2014. With a hint of marijuana tones, the media immediately labelled it “pot perfume” in reference to Grant’s role as drug taking Withnail in the iconic movie.
His talent and versatility has enabled Grant to have a long, distinguished and varied career achieving recognition in both Hollywood blockbusters and smaller independent films with titles including L.A. Story, The Age Of Innocence, Bright Young Things, Gosford Park, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Penelope. More recently he played Dr. Zander Rice in the Marvel’s critically acclaimed film, Logan and will soon be seen in Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms and alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Fox Searchlight feature, Can You Ever Forgive Me.