Twin Town

Director: Kevin Allen
Screenwriters: Kevin Allen, Paul Durden

Institute History

  • 1997 Sundance Film Festival


On the surface, Twin Town seems like a film about small-town life in Britain, but it doesn’t take long before you are peering far beneath society’s quaint façade. Imagine humor going from dark to twisted, and you are describing Twin Town, the newest film from Andrew McDonald, the producer of Shallow Grave and Trainspotting.

Twin Town opens with a sweet granny and grandpa trying to trade their medicines for a stash of hallucinogenic magic mushrooms. From that moment on, you know you are in for a truly unique tale. The plot of the film revolves around the antics of a family who live in a trailer and are known around town as “coming from the wrong side of the tracks.” The two semidisturbed brothers, Julien and Jeremy, are the “twins”who reek havoc in town with reckless abandon. Soon we realize that all the local scandals, sexual or otherwise, are connected, linking one nasty incident to another. The only thing not allowed it seems within the city limits is guilt. As the plot thickens, so do the murder and mayhem, forcing everything to spiral out of control with hilarious results. Twin Town shares much of the blackly comic tone the Coen brothers created in Fargo because director Kevin Allen is also examining his culture from the inside out. Wonderful inventive storytelling makes for a highly original, yet wickedly funny, film, a double dose of dark comedy.

— John Cooper

Screening Details

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