David Powles attended the regional premier of The Goob.
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The Goob is an excellent film, both tense and absorbing, and deserves to be ranked alongside the best British indie films of recent years, such as Dead Man's Shoes, Son of Rambow and My Summer of Love.
Set in deepest (and darkest) Norfolk and starring a plethora of actors with local links, it's a must-see for any film lovers from the county.
But it should reach out much further than Norfolk-alone thanks to some wonderful direction by Norwich's Guy Myhill and some acting of real authenticity, in particular from Dereham's Liam Walpole and Lowestoft's Sean Harris, one of the UK's best, and most menacing, character actors.
The story centres around The Goob (Walpole) and his life milling around the fens of Norfolk, repeatedly clashing with womanising stock car racer and gangmaster Gene Womack (Harris).
We later learn in the post-film Q&A with Myhill and co that stock car racing is deliberately chosen as a focal point of the film because it involves racers repeatedly going round and round in circles - much like the lives of the characters themselves.
Like a lot of films of this type it's only as strong as the performances within and the undoubted highlight of The Goob is the main character himself.
The Goob is a man of few words and an impressively understated performance from Walpole makes him both likeable and intriguing.
- 1 Norfolk college named best secondary school in the UK
- 2 Long-awaited plans for A47 roundabout revamps revealed
- 3 Man arrested after passenger dies in Old Buckenham crash
- 4 ‘This was our worst nightmare’: Locals shock after man dies in crash
- 5 Norwich man sentenced to life imprisonment after murder conviction
- 6 Shocking footage appears to show £100m Marham jet crashing off carrier
- 7 Man charged with drink driving after crash at police station
- 8 Police hunting for Norwich man wanted for three weeks
- 9 Plumber's plan for 'enormous' garage in his back garden rejected
- 10 Manchester City owner eyes Norfolk horse racing enterprise
So good is he, it's hard to believe he was spotted when seen by one of the film's casting crew on his way to buy chips in Dereham.
I mentioned the three films in the introduction deliberately, because there are echoes of all of them in The Goob.
If Dead Man's Shoes director Shane Meadows is superb at capturing sections of life in the Midlands, the same could be said about Myhill and East Anglia.
But this is more than a simple carbon copy of Meadows and upon release this Friday is easily deserving of your money. Myhill himself admits in the Q&A that only 20pc of directors get a second film - a surprising statistic, but we can surely be confident there's more to come from him.