I received a complimentary preview pass to the Chris Morris film Four Lions in today’s mail courtesy of Hopscotch Films. So this weekend I’m off to Event Cinemas to have a look-see.

From the Hopscotch Film website:

Could there be a more hot-button topic than terrorism these days? Although it is historically the subject of serious documentaries and intense dramatic films, renowned British comedian Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye) finds the humour (and ultimately the humanity) in this extremist world.

Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that – while terrorism is about ideology – it can also be about idiots.

Based on three years of research and meetings with everyone from imams to ex-mujahedeen – not to mention a wealth of surveillance material from major trials, Four Lions plunges beyond seeing these young men as unfathomably alien or evil. Instead, it portrays them as human beings, who, as we all know, are innately ridiculous.

This black comedy has received quite a lot of attention in the UK where the initial controversy about the film the is being replaced by critical acclaim. News travels fast as screenings at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals were completely sold out.

Four Lions screens nationally from Thursday 19th August, 2010. Distributed in Australia by Hopscotch Films.