Sundance Breakout ‘Brian and Charles’ obtained by Focus Features

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to the Sundance breakout “Brian and Charles,” the company announced on Friday.

“Brian and Charles,” was developed and co-sponsored by Film4 and BFI, the organization that grants funds from the National Lottery, and is directed and edited by Archer, who also directed the original short.

Focus Features will distribute the film domestically and Universal Pictures will distribute internationally. Film4 will keep the free TV rights to the film in the UK. Archer is represented by the Independent Talent Pool.

The film was written by David Earl and Chris Hayward and produced by Rupert Majendie for Mr Box Productions.

“Brian and Charles” revolves around Brian, a lonely inventor in the Welsh countryside who spends his days building quirky, unique structures that rarely work. Undaunted by his lack of success, Brian tries his best
project yet. Three days, a washing machine and various spare parts later, he invented Charles, a
The intelligent robot learns English from the dictionary and has an obsession with cabbage.

“Brian and Charles” stars David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, James Michie, and Nina Sosanya.

Executive producers are Damian Jones, Mary Burke for BFI, and Lauren Dark and Ollie Madden for Film4.

The purchase was brokered by Bankside Films on behalf of the filmmakers with Joe Toto and Carlen Johnson representing Focus Features.

Archer is represented by the Independent Talent Pool.

Diversity First time reporting the news. Sundance Breakout ‘Brian and Charles’ obtained by Focus Features

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