Sarah Brocklehurst Productions

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A film by Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley

Comedy/drama starring Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue, Colin Hurley

The Thompson family is accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Six months later, family friend Tim visits freelance therapist Dr Eric Sacks and the story finds its way to the press. The facts are bent and the details spun as the Thompsons become known to the public as 'The Family of Killers'.

Two-time BAFTA winner Chris Langham (Help, The Thick of It) is hilarious and heartbreaking as the well-meaning Tom Thompson, who struggles to placate his neurotic wife Sophie and consistently fails to be a dignified father to his daughters, Jess and Katie.

Double British Comedy Award winner Simon Amstell (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Grandma's House) is on top comic form as the sinister and prodigiously frank psychotherapist Dr Eric Sacks.

  • UK Premiere at Raindance Festival
  • US Premiere at SXSW

'The film was shot for an incredibly tight £25,000 -– yet it looks like one with a budget ten, if not a hundred, times larger.' Chortle

'This melancholy, bleakly funny black comedy, about a bickering family plunged into notoriety by an act of kindness, has a dexterity and formal sophistication that belie its microbudget and its status as a debut film.' Sight & Sound

"a deeply haunting, eccentric marvel", Peter Bradshaw, Guardian