Winner Best Ensemble LA Comedy Festival
Winner Best Film Interurban Film Festival
Metro (newspaper) – “Refreshingly hilarious”
Ben Boyer (Sky Comedy) – “Very entertaining; a real achievement for a FIFTH feature, even more impressive for a first”
Lisa Walters (Channel 4) – “A funny and clever satirical take on the boxing world and for a directing debut extremely encouraging”
Zai Bennett (BBC Three) – “Well made and funny”
Peter Suschitzky (DOP ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘eXistenZ’) – “Inventive creative and very funny from the first shot onwards”
Funny Women (website) – “Brings tears of laughter”
Produced on a budget that makes shoestrings seem expensive, Spinal Tap meets Rocky in cutting edge comedy mockumentary BLOODY LIP, writer Adriel Leff‘s directorial debut, starring new talent Patrick Koupland in his first lead role, alongside Jon McKenna (The Krays, Buster) and Bekka Bowling (Funny Women finalist, BBC’s Heading Out).
Working class inner-city middling professional heavyweight boxer Patrick StGeorge Junior (Koupland) has just seven days to prepare for the fight of his life against childhood rival Liam O’Saink (Dominic Koupland) – a bout which, if triumphant, will result in Junior achieving his life’s goal; bettering the win/loss record laid down by his domineering father Patrick StGeorge Senior (Mckenna) during his own short-lived boxing career.
But with a fractious on-again-off-again relationship with his middle class girlfriend Bekka Green (Bowling) and a whole heap of pressure from Liam’s menacing promoter Teddy Toddsworth (Dominic Mchale) thrown into the mix, what kind of a mental and physical state will Patrick Junior be in come fight night?
Win or lose, one thing’s for sure; by the end of the week, Patrick StGeorge’s life will never be the same again…
Set to a thumping soundtrack composed by local artists, bands and erstwhile DJ/music producer Adriel Leff himself, BLOODY LIP is aimed broadly at Generations Y and Z, adventurously merging the ever-popular documentary format with familiar contemporary genres such as cinéma vérité, television sit-com, music video and improvised viral comedy.