Starline walks down the aisle with The Marriage of Reason and Squalor
by Naman Ramachandran
- Film marks debut of Turner Prize nominated Jake Chapman of The Chapman Brothers
UK sales company Starline Entertainment has acquired international rights for The Marriage of Reason and Squalor. Directed by Jake Chapman, one half of the notorious and internationally acclaimed Turner prize nominated artistic duo The Chapman Brothers, the debut project was initially commissioned and aired as a four-part series on Sky Arts. Starline will sell the international feature length version that played at the Edinburgh International Film Festival earlier this year.
Adapted from Chapman’s 2008 novel of the same name, with screenplay by Brock Norman Brock (Bronson [+see also:
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film profile]) in a parody of Mills and Boon style romantic fiction. Drawing on the artist’s trademark surrealism and dark humour, the film follows a young woman who finds herself in an Alice and Wonderland type dream world after her wealthy surgeon fiancé gives her a mysterious tropical island as a wedding gift.
Colin Vaines (The Young Victoria [+see also:
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Starline’s Partner and Director of Acquisitions Piers Nightingale said, “With a gleeful anarchy echoing the likes of Ken Russell, Jodorowski and Monty Python, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor is altogether a unique and fantastically entertaining Chapman experience. The hypnotic appeal of the Brothers’ work continues to attract and enthral art lovers throughout the world and this film will be a treat to be discovered and relished.”