Cinema Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes [18] [90min) 2017 + Q&A

'[Oxide Ghosts] offers a well-judged and very rare insight into [Brass Eye’s] making, encapsulating the fun and covert excitement that went on while the project was still under wraps, before all the legal wrangling kicked in. If you're an admirer of the show and the opportunity should arise for you to see Oxide Ghosts, have some self re-cocking-spect and do so without hesitation' – Chortle 

Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, director Michael Cumming’s film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective.

Part documentary, part artwork – the film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.

Michael will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag. Celebrating twenty years since Brass Eye’s transmission in 1997, this film & Q&A session are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

Michael returns to the town of his birth and to the venue that was a key part of his formative years, to present his latest film: ‘Growing up in the Lake District in the 70s, The Brewery was a cultural lifeline both as spectator and performer. I saw so much influential music and comedy, played some very unusual gigs and drank an undisclosed quantity of foaming ale in that wonderful Malt Room’.


Michael Cumming is a director and filmmaker, successfully working at the cutting edge since the ‘90s. Alongside his award winning comedy shows he also produces work within a fine art context.

A graduate of the legendary Royal College of Art Film School and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate, Dr Cumming’s list of collaborators reads like a who’s who of British comedy: Chris Morris, Matt Berry, Stewart Lee, Omid Djalili, Mark Thomas, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, John Bird & John Fortune, Mark Steel, Peter Serafinowicz, Kevin Eldon, Sir Lenny Henry, Alistair McGowan, Doon Mackichan, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Michael’s directing work combines a strong visual sense with a talent for capturing extraordinary performances and includes the groundbreaking and controversial ‘Brass Eye’ series, five series of political pranks and polemics on ‘The Mark Thomas Product’, cult classic ‘Snuff Box’, Jo Brand’s improvised comedy drama ‘Going Forward’ and three series of Matt Berry’s BAFTA winning sitcom, ‘Toast Of London’. 


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122a Highgate


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