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Free Jimmy

Original title: Slipp Jimmy Fri
Norway, Great Britain, 2006

Director: Nielsen, Christopher
Production company: Storm Studio
Co-producers: Sarah Radclyffe
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Synopsis:
Free Jimmy follows the story of four low life anti-heroes Roy Arnie (Woody Harrelson), Odd (Simon Pegg), Gaz (Phil Daniels) and Flea (Jay Simpson), who are uprooted from their mean city streets to work with Ringmaster Stromowski (Jim Broadbent) in a touring Russian circus in terminal decline. The star attraction is Jimmy, an elephant kept ‘happy’ on a cocktail of drugs. But Roy Arnie has a dream that one day he will run his own circus and he tells the boys that the key to his dream is Jimmy. On the opening night a bungled attempt to give Jimmy his ‘fix’ causes widespread panic. Jimmy escapes and so begins a mad cap cross country road-trip to find Jimmy before he goes cold turkey.

Suddenly everyone wants a piece of Jimmy. A deranged bunch of animal activists led by clean living, straight-edged couple Marius (Kyle MacLachlan) and Bettina (Emilia Fox) are after Jimmy to front their cause. A trigger-happy Scottish hunting party (James, Cosmo, David Tennant, Douglas Henshall, Russell Barr) think his head would look great mounted on their wall and the Lappish Mafia – the meanest men in the North (The League of Gentlemen - Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton) want to ‘hit’ him for a big payoff. Jimmy’s only chance is a benevolent moose who befriends him on the road. Can he help to free Jimmy, release him from his addiction and save him from a million dollar secret…

Comments:
3-D-Animation

Festivals:
Cannes 2006, Haugesund 2006, Warsaw 2006, Pusan 2006, Seoul 2006, Luebeck 2006, Taipei 2006, Tallinn 2006, Palm Springs 2007, Annecy 2007 (awarded), Trondheim 2007 (awarded), Stuttgart 2008 (awarded)

Website: www.nfi.no/film/freejimmy

World sales address/es:
Works (GB)

Sold to:
Columbia Tristar (Norway)