The premise of Dreamgun sounds swell, and right up the alley of a previous film student (yes, I did consume movies to get a degree) so we took ourselves to the Underbelly Dairy Room, situated round the back of the Teviot building, an offshoot of Bristo Square, in one of those stunning University buildings. To put you straight this group of Irish comedians and actors take a film script, doctoring it to produce an hour long parody, performed by the same group of cast unrehearsed, which thereby has no shortage of adlib or a comic wit, it lends itself to that rather nicely.
They perform a different script each night to get the interest of their potential punters, and tonight it so happens to be Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, the thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins that concerns an FBI cadet who depends on the help of one serial killer to catch another, who so happens to disconcertingly be a psychopath that skins his victims. This once again sounds even better, a comedy bearing psychopaths, and I am intrigued, and yes some of it works. The performance of Hannibal is something else, as soon as we meet those crazed eyes. That of Clarice Starling is non-too shabby either, especially if we consider the sharp ad-libbing about Jodie Foster’s role choices or the weird relationships that exist in the film, adding an element of observational criticism, injected with humour.
Dreamgun is a comedy conglomerate founded in 2014 by Stephen Colfer, Gavin Drea, Heber Hanly and James McDonnell. Their series of short films, including Millennials, Gym Gravy and Back in Town have been viewed by people on their phones at house parties over 289,808 times. And now they are choosing to take films from elsewhere adding their comic slant to the dialogue. They are evidently interested in this medium and perhaps why some of it jumps over our heads with perhaps a cinephile’s understanding of the films. Or perhaps those are just in-jokes between the cast members, but I did not walk out offended or enlightened, but simply feeling less of a film student, perhaps.
The concept is interesting though and perhaps you should venture to see Back to the Future or Psycho to see for yourself, they certainly have a populist programme of films.
Dreamgun: Film Reads, Underbelly – Dairy Room, 8:45pm, Until 26th August