Son of Rambow was probably the biggest hit of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, sparking a record bidding war, which ended with Paramount Vantage taking home the goods. The film was originally set to hit theaters on July 20th 2007, but was pushed back to an unknown 2008 date without reason. Many people speculated that the studio might have wanted to release the film closer to the release of Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo. Who knows if that is true or not. I just caught this gem in Toronto and LOVED LOVED LOVED it.
Director Garth Jennings revealed that the film would hit theaters in April 2008 on Friday night at a screening of the film during the Toronto International Film Festival. No further details were given. So there you have it. The film’s official plot synopsis follows:
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SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early 80’s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God’s ‘chosen ones’ and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other ‘worldlies,’ listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will’s mind is blown wide open and he’s easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters’ diabolical home movie. Will’s imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter’s complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious rollercoaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point.