Friday, September 24, 2004

Rob Brydon and Dora Bryan

I think when people talk about MirrorMask they'll probably talk about the stuff that Dave's been making for the 16 months, this amazing animated McKeanish world. And so they should. Still, for my money, some of the best bits in the film are the little quirky human moments in the real-world story that frames Helena's dream (if it is a dream). Here's the excellent Rob Brydon playing Helena's dad (he also plays the Prime Minister) and veteran actress Dora Bryan playing Helena's aunt Nan, for whom I got to write little Alan Bennetty lines. They're watching the TV, and she's saying, "See her? She was in that comedy. Where she was sharing a flat with that other one. I don't know what she's doing in this rubbish. She used to be funny..." (That's what my maternal grandmother always liked to say, whenever she watched television.)