Action movies are generally set in New York. Maybe Los Angeles or Miami. Sometimes London or Paris. But rarely the Isle of Man (population: 85,000), the small British dependency off the coast of the Lake District. That inauspicious locale is exactly where new action comedy Mindhorn is set, from the pens of Mighty Boosh alumni Julian Barrett and Simon Farnaby.
Barrett stars as Richard Thorncroft, a washed-up actor who pines for the past glories of his former career starring as MI5 Special Operative Bruce Mindhorn, a TV detective with an bionic lie detecting eye that allows him to quite literally "see the truth".
Decades after his prime time success, Thorncroft is wearing a toupée and desperate for work – so when a crazed criminal on the Isle of Man requests to speak to Mindhorn, he is back on the case – this time, in real life.
Sean Foley has directed the comedy, which premiered at last year's London Film Festival to a rapturous reception. Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and Harriet Walter (Babel) also star.
Mindhorn is out in the UK on May 5.