TIM GODSALL’S GENTLE CHARACTER STUDY LEN AND COMPANY RESTS EASILY ON RHYS IFANS’S SHOULDERS
Len and Company
Len (Ifans) is a rude, self centred, from the hip-talking, ageing punk rocker and now music producer doing everything he possibly can to be left alone on his rural property.
Enter his son (Kilmer) who’s just recorded a demo with his band and is eager to get his father’s opinion – or is it his father’s approval? On the same road is one of Len’s new found recording stars the troubled Zoe (played with spunk by Juno Temple) and looking after Len’s property is young William (Gilchrist). All find themselves at Len’s estate looking for something different but in so doing this oddball quartet discover something they weren’t expecting about themselves or each other.
There’s lots to like about Len and Company. Played deadpan by Ifans, the disrespect of law and authority by Len generates some genuinely funny situations while Len’s own desire for nothing short of complete honesty generates considerable dramatic power amongst all players.
Part coming of age, part quiet romance there’s a lot of heart to be found in Len’s reclusive world.