Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins
July 4, 2014 11:58 AM   Subscribe

In 2010 Mark Kermode reviewed Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and described it as so similar to Harry Potter it could have been called "Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins." On the other side of the globe, Australian music video director Jeremy Dylan was inspired.

It started with a fake poster and press releases, and then snowballed into a full-length film.

Shot on a $9,000 AUD budget, BSATCOP stars performers from the Sydney musical theater scene, including a fake Werner Herzog, and is narrated by a very real Stephen Fry.

Although the film appears to be no longer available online, you can still watch the making of and listen to the skiffle soundtrack composed by Golden Guitar winning singer-songwriter Mike Carr.

BSATCOP premiered in January 2011 and was reviewed by, who else, Mark Kermode. He claimed that he laughed seven times.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide (2 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
"Benjamin Sniddlegrass" sounds very much like a Bandersnatch Crumplehorn names.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:10 PM on July 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

In a ridiculous coincidence, when I happened upon this post, while perusing the JulyByWomen tag, I was listening to the episode of Kermode and Mayo from 2011 where Fry is a guest and had literally just heard the name Benjamin Sniddlegrass for the first time in my life mere seconds before.

It felt super freaky.
posted by ocherdraco at 5:22 AM on July 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

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