GenreComedy Music directorMike Batt CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date27 January 2009 (2009-01-27) WriterDavid Lemon (story), David Lemon, Vito Rocco Initial releaseJanuary 27, 2009 (United Kingdom) CastEddie Marsan (Richard), Ewen Bremner (Julian), Jessica Hynes (Cath) Similar moviesThis Years Love (1999)
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Faintheart is a 2008 British comedy film, directed by Vito Rocco and starring Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner and Jessica Hynes. It concerns a lead character involved in the historical reenactment of ancient battles; and is the first film to be created using active input from an online site.
The film was a result of collaborative effort from Myspace, Vertigo films and Film4. The resulting group, MyMovieMashUp, sought to harness the talents of the online community and to enable them to be involved in the film-making process. Various cast and crew members were picked from the MySpaceUK website to work on the project, a unique tactic in the film-making industry. Although the casting and soundtrack were assembled with the help of Myspace, the screenplay was written by UK-based writer David Lemon.
Professional Viking re-enactors from UK-based company "The Vikings" formed part of the cast alongside Britannia Romano-British society. Also a specialist stunt team from East 15 Acting School took part in filming the large battles under the Fight Direction of Richard Ryan.
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Romantic comedy concerning Richard and his efforts to win back his wife, whilst taking part in weekend re-enactments of Viking battles. At the same time he is bullied at work and his son is bullied at school because of his father's hobby.
Eddie Marsan as Richard
Ewen Bremner as Julian
Jessica Hynes as Cath
Bronagh Gallagher as Maggie
Tim Healy as Geoff
Paul Nicholls as Gary
Jodie Packwood as mischievous schoolgirl
Anne Reid as Barbara
Joseph Hamilton as Martin
Chloe Hesar as Emily
Richard Ridings as Collin
Gary Sefton as Vince
Kevin Eldon as Alan
Sandra Voe as Julian's Mum
Matthew Leighton as Kim
Tom Smith as Danny
Phil Lester as Tim
Oscar McDevitt as Pete
Rasmus Hardiker as Comic Book Fan 1
Edward Tudor-Pole as Lollipop Man / Death Metal Singer
Tim Potter as Headmaster
Aliese Kellner-Joyce as Office Worker
Colin Webb as Policeman
George Hill as Boy With Owl
Chris R. Wright as Simon
Calum Chalmers as Kevin
Steve Ryland as Comic Book Fan 2
Nick Ball as Graham
Jason Excell as Death Metal Band Bassist
Graeme Brookes as Pub Landlord
Joseph Ripley as Photographer
Rosalyn Scanlon as Office Worker
The Guardian gave the film two out of five stars, writing, "this is not a bad movie, exactly, but it aims curiously low, and is faintly pointless; and while the actors cope well with the material, they are finally just cardboard characters in a balsa-wood plot."
Sky Movies gave the film four out of five stars, saying, "it's a totally unexpected hoot...Director Vito Rocco and credited writer David Lemon have done a terrific job in creating one of the most consistently funny and winning Brit-coms of recent years."