The Overcoat, adapted from Nikolai Gogol’s short story and directed by Patrick Myles, has an all-star cast including the BAFTA-winning actor Jason Watkins (W1A, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies), Tim Key (Gap Year, Alpha Papa), Vicki Pepperdine (The Windsors, Getting On),(Trollied, Upstart Crow) and Alex Macqueen (Peaky Blinders, The InBetweeners). Having recently started its festival run, this wonderful film has already won Best Comedy at LA Shorts Film Festival, Best Short Comedy at London Independent Film Festival, Best Director at New Renaissance Film Festival and has just been selected to screen at Aesthetica.
A lonely social outcast gets a glimpse of what life is like for someone popular, and cannot let it go, even in death.
Patrick Myles’ first film Anthropopopometry starred Peter McDonald and Lloyd Hutchinson, his Film London-funded dark comedy Santa’s Blotto starring Brian Blessed followed, he made Telling Laura with Louise Ford and Colin Hoult for Finite Films, and his latest film A Pornographer Woos, adapted from Bernard MacLaverty’s short story, stars Michael Smiley.
Kate Turner and Mark Puddle produced The Overcoat, Tom Turley created the wonderful cinematography, Melanie Jane Brookes did the production design and Alex Baranowski composed the music.
Just some of the festivals the film has been selected for include DC Shorts, Palms Springs Shortfest, Belfast Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, LA Cinefest, Dinard Film Festival, and Cambridge Film Festival.
The Overcoat will screen at the Arena Cinelounge in Los Angeles in September and Aesthetica Short Film Festival in November.