Theatrical Release Date: 05 May 2017
Home Ent. Release Date: TBC
RICHARD THORNCROFT is a washed-up actor in the twilight of his career. He had a brief brush with fame in the late 1980s playing MINDHORN: a maverick detective from the Isle of Man with a robotic eye (THE EQUALIZER meets THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN meets BERGERAC), but now his star has faded, and the only parts he can get are in commercials for orthopaedic socks. When a delusional killer phones the Isle of Man police saying ‘I’ll call the police sta-tion tomorrow at 4pm and if I’m not speaking to Detective Mindhorn in person, more people are going to die,’ the police decide they have to find the actor who played Mindhorn to take the killer’s next call and lure him into custody. Seeing the potential for publicity, Richard sets off to the Isle of Man in the hope of getting the profile he needs to launch a comeback. Since Richard’s disastrous depar-ture from the Isle of Man twenty-five years earlier, his former co-star and girlfriend PATRICIA DEVILLE has become a TV journalist and lives with Richard’s former stunt man CLIVE PARNEVIK. His other co-star PETER EASTERMAN now stars in a wildly successful MINDHORN spinoff series called WINDJAMMER. As soon as he arrives on the island, Richard visits PATRICIA to try to win her back. She is unimpressed, but he promises her that he is a changed man, with newfound morals and integrity. At the police station, Richard feels important once again and rises pompously to the occasion. He wears his Mindhorn costume throughout and infuriates the sceptical CHIEF OF POLICE by refusing to take the case seriously: he treats it as an acting challenge and pontificates about the nature of his ‘process’ as an actor. Richard almost bungles the police sting but they nonetheless catch the suspect, who is hospitalised and later escapes. Richard visits Peter at his country club Jammers, hoping to partner on a DVD re-lease of MINDHORN. Peter appears enthusiastic at first but then publicly shames Richard for comments he had made years earlier on Wogan, calling him a “stinking ham with the emotional range of a chair leg.” Richard leaves Jammers in shame and goes on a bender, running through the streets and spraying graffiti obscenities. Patricia also turns her back on him and he is forced to leave the island in shame – but, just before doing so, he stumbles upon a video recording that shows the obses-sive suspect is in fact innocent and being framed by shadowy villains. Before he can tell anyone the truth, the tape is stolen and the obsessive fan has tak-en himself hostage on the Laxey Wheel. Richard helps talk him down, but then they are pursued by the police and forced into hiding in an underground lair, where the fan now believes he is in an episode of MINDHORN. Richard and the fan must find the real tape, clear his name, and bring the real villains to justice. Out of work, out of luck and out of shape, Richard Thorncroft must traverse the chasm between truth and fiction, catch the real killer, save the day and ultimately win back the love of his life.