A Royal Hangover (82/55min) is the debut feature documentary from film maker Arthur Cauty, starring British comedian, actor, activist & recovering addict Russell Brand. The film premiered in Los Angeles at Sunscreen International Film Festival, and was nominated in the 'Global Health' competition at the 39th annual Cleveland International Film Festival, being cited by the Huffington Post as "the only documentary on drinking worth watching". Since it's festival run, A Royal Hangover has picked up numerous broadcast & theatrical screenings across the UK, USA, Australia, Europe & Asia, and is currently available to both rent & buy from Journeyman Pictures, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play & Vimeo on Demand.
"A no-holds-barred wake-up call to a nation no longer consuming the booze, but a nation consumed BY the booze" - Tribe Arts Magazine
"This film doesn’t try to preach or blame, but it does attempt to turn the focus on finding ways to a new future." - Cleveland International Film Festival
"A Royal Hangover is a documentary that everyone should be made to watch. It should be widely screened and its makers applauded." - Soberistas
"This is a spectacularly exceptional film, an unflinching documentary. It is sad, poignant and brave." - A Hangover-Free Life
"With wit and insight it creates an alarming and frank portrait of Britain’s binge drinking problem." - Recovery Rocks
"A truthful and unflinching portrayal of one of the most severe problems in the UK today" - London Film Review
A Royal Hangover Western Morning News Article | © De Cauze Films 2015
Cauty with Russell Brand, Filming A Royal Hangover |Photo by Silver Levy-So | © De Cauze Films 2015
What comes to mind when you think of British culture? The Royal family perhaps? How about scones, fish n’ chips, Wimbledon, or our relentless bad weather? Of course the one thing that looms above all else is our national beverage of choice. No, not tea. I’m talking about alcohol. Brits love to drink... and drink some more. Britain has become famous for its ambivalent drinking culture, and we are showing no signs of slowing down.
Documenting anecdotes from all facets of the British booze bottle, from politicians to police; medical specialists to charities; the church through to history and science; addicts and celebrities; with high profile personalities such as Russell Brand and controversial figures such as sacked Government Drugs Advisor Professor David Nutt, A Royal Hangover underscores the why behind our increasing thirst for the booze. Why are things so different in Britain? What sets us apart from our brothers and sisters in Europe, or our cousins across the pond? Are we aware of the extent of our problem? Who or what is responsible for this degenerative culture? Are we too drunk to even care?
A Royal Hangover is an increasingly relevant portrait of a nation and its love of the booze. Critically acclaimed independent filmmaker and accomplished non-drinker, Arthur Cauty, serves up a documentary mocktail, in equal parts shocking, hilarious, sympathetic and thought provoking; a film we can all relate to.
Bottoms up Brits and cheers to alcohol education. Hopefully one day Britain will wake up without a hangover.
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Cauty at Sunscreen Film Festival | Photo by Christiana White| © De Cauze Films 2014
Director Q&A at A Royal Hangover World Premiere | Photo by Christiana White| © De Cauze Films 2014