A Dog’s Breakfast is a refreshingly quirky dark comedy that had me glued to the screen and laughing. The story revolves around Patrick (David Hewlett) an obsessive-compulsive recluse who tries to kill his sister’s fiancé.
The story starts off with Patrick and his dog Mars, brushing their teeth, having breakfast and watching spiders. It’s the little things that make you realise that this guy isn’t quite right.
You begin to question his sanity even more when his sister Marilyn (Kate Hewlett), arrives and announces her engagement to Ryan (Paul McGillion). Wackiness and eeriness ensues as he literally makes a right dogs breakfast of his attempts to murder his sister’s fiancé.
I am totally picky about what I deem to be funny. Growing up on Monty Python and Carry On movies my tastes have changed. Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself as I actively avoid all British comedy or anything that sells itself as comedy first and foremost.
Being a Stargate Atlantis fan and having watched the behind the scenes extras on DVDs, I’ve always considered David Hewlett to be totally nuts. I mean that in a loving way, I have a thing for genius crazy people and Hewlett is a genius.
Hewlett’s sister Marilyn is played by his real life sister Kate Hewlett and her fiancé Ryan is played by Paul McGillion.
McGillion was wonderful in his role as Ryan, having first seen him play Carson Becket I couldn’t get my head around his American accent straight away. I know the guy isn’t Scottish but he’d totally sold me in Atlantis.
There is a natural chemistry between Kate and David Hewlett so you didn’t need to know they are real life brother and sister to believe what you see on the screen.
To round off the Stargate reunion Christopher Judge also makes an appearance.
Written and directed by David Hewlett, with an ensemble cast taken mostly from the Stargate world A Dog’s Breakfast is a must see for all Stargate fans and everyone else who enjoys old fashioned comedy.