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Free screening of SON OF RAMBOW Tuesday!


If you happen to be in the Austin area, Fantastic Fest and Ain't It Cool News are hosting a special sneak preview screening of SON OF RAMBOW at the Alamo South Lamar on April 8 at 7:00 PM with director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith live in person.

This was one of my absolute favorite films of Fantastic Fest 2007. If you missed it then, please make a point to check it out during this special screening and tell your friends when it opens at the Alamo in May.

A runaway audience smash at the Sundance Film Festival, SON OF RAMBOW is a hilariously fresh and visually inventive take on friendship, family, film heroes and the death-defying adventures of growing up in the video age. It all begins in 1980s Britain, when young Will Proudfoot, raised in isolation among The Brethren, a puritanical religious sect in which music and TV are strictly forbidden, encounters something beyond his wildest fantasies: a pirated copy of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD. His virgin viewing of the iconic thriller blows his mind – and rapidly expanding imagination – wide open. Now, Will sets out to join forces with the seemingly diabolical school bully, Lee Carter, to make their own action epic, devising wildly creative, on-the-fly stunts, not to mention equally elaborate schemes for creating a movie of total commitment and non-stop thrills while hiding out from The Brethren. But when school popularity finally descends on Will and Lee in the form of, oui, the super-cool French exchange student, Didier Revol, their remarkable new friendship and precious film are pushed, quite literally, to the breaking point. Filmed in a creatively mad-cap, homemade style with a mostly amateur cast and a wry, comic-tinged nostalgia, creative visionaries Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith, AKA Hammer & Tongs (HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY), manage to capture both the agony and the giddy ecstasy of a camcorder childhood with humor, poignancy and a rousing dose of cinematic panache.

Check out Harry Knowles' review of SON OF RAMBOW.

You can RSVP for the show on the Fantastic Fest Facebook Group, or you can come down to the the South Lamar Alamo at 6:15 on Tuesday. Please try to make this show if you can. It's absolutely charming and suitable for all ages. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee. The filmmakers will host a Q&A after the screening.

Show details on the Alamo Website.

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