Opening Belfast Film Festival this year was Mindhorn, the story of has-been actor (Julian Barrett) best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn". Called back to the role to work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person.
This film is simultaneously spoof and a nostalgia piece nodding to the many onscreen detectives that have graced TV screens for years. Mindhorn pokes fun at the ridiculousness of dodgy plot lines, the outdated sexual politics but is never mean spirited in its' ribbing of the legacy of TV detectives.
Sitting comfortably alongside Partridge and The Office , but not directly comparable, Mindhorn holds similar levels of self awareness but never wanders into outstaying its welcome.
I'm not sure the last time I attended a comedy screening where the whole audience laughed together as one so consistently throughout. The Mark Kermode 'six laugh test' was easily eclipsed within the first ten minutes. I don't want to give any of the gags as they are so good they should not be spoilt in anyway before viewing.
This is an example of great comedy, well written and with a nostalgic love for the subject it riffs on. I can't wait for the full cinematic release as I want to see it again already!
Mindhorn is released in the Uk on 5th May.