The film poster for Sometimes Always Never. There are ten national papers and magazines listed all of which have given the film 4 out of 5 stars.
Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never, the critically acclaimed debut feature film by director and Edge Hill senior lecturer Carl Hunter, has received rave reviews internationally.

Starring Bill Nighy and written by screenwriter, novelist and Edge Hill Honorary Doctor Frank Cottrell Boyce, the film has been a hit with audiences across America following its release on 12th June.

“The film was released last week to an overwhelming amount of flattering reviews” said Carl. “It’s quite exciting to see the film talked about in such a wonderful way by The LA Times, Washington Post, New York Post or Variety. Shame I can’t be over there.”

Described in the USA reviews as “a witty, idiosyncratic British film” and “well worth a watch”. The talents of all involved have been praised and hailed as ‘enthralling”.

Sometimes Always Never tells the tale of a Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor, Alan, played by Bill Nighy, whose eldest son stormed out of the family home after a particularly heated game of Scrabble, never to return. Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son, Peter, before they can finally move on.

The well-known British actor spoke about his enjoyable experience working with Carl and commended his style for the film:

“I really, really, really enjoyed working with him. He’s a very thoroughly decent man, very funny and very bright and sophisticated—and very knowledgeable about films and the general aesthetic. I loved his notions about the style, I loved his juxtaposition between naturalism and very heightened stylistic framing and context. I just thought it was witty. The experience of working with him was nothing but deeply pleasant.”

Students from Edge Hill had the opportunity to work with Carl and the team during filming and helped to create the soundtrack.

A picture of one of the filming locations on the coast. There are three people in the picture operating a large camera.
On location

The film, which was co-produced with Edge Hill lecturer Clare Heney, was selected to show at the British Film Institute’s film festival last year and has also received critical acclaim following cinema releases in Australia, Europe and Ireland.

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