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Ape: the movie

(Listen to the Monkey Sound)


Written, Produced & Directed by Matt Sweetman
Starring Ed Green, Dave Atherall, Cameron Cooke
Featuring Phil Miles, Jon Lyndon, Adam Jarvis, Steve Horne, Mike Cooper, Andy Back, Helen Davies, Laura Muzzall &
Richard Miles
Momentary glimpses of Tree63, Paul Oakley, Terry Virgo, Louise Fellingham

- £5


Marvellous footage of Benny-Hill-style fighting, with special effects, superb sounds, extreme aggression and cartoon violence.

There’s a thin story about getting to play in a competition, but the journey is wonderful. Outtakes at the end of the movie reveal that Ed did dip his banana into real mustard, (ow) and that Cameron Cooke’s acting really is complex.

Episodic and uneven, the best scenes are the ones which feel more scripted than some of the cameo appearances. Jarvis’ music guru is very seventies but believable, and the times when the band play are well-shot and edited. Owing a massive debt to Wayne’s World 2, this movie is mercifully short. The original premiered version contained no extra scenes but was apparently 30 minutes longer (the fights are still very long so they must have been extreme).

My own appearance is lifted directly from The Commitments and grafted onto The Blues Brothers, and is happily brief. Steve Horne wins the face-pulling contest, and full marks to Phil in the monkey suit, who receives several beatings.

There’s a lightness of touch about the credits and the out-takes and the ability to produce copies for a fiver is amazing.

Question: why so few females in this movie? Admittedly, the girls who do appear are lovely and gifted (one of them is the spitting-image of the delightful Helen Baxendale out of Friends, which is a good start). But come on, boys, women can go ape, too!



See www.apethemovie.com and download the ape album from the stuff page on the youth alive website www.youth-alive.com.

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