Ever wonder what goes on in the women's loo? The new film, Powder Room, will tell you more than you could ever want to know.
Starring Sheridan Smith as Sam, and directed by MJ Delaney, Powder Room is an in-your-face dramedy about Sam's two groups of friends who happen to be at the same nightclub on the same night. And Sam hopes they don't meet each other.
Sam is a late-20-something woman who has planned a night out at Fake Club in an unknown British city with her girlfriend Michelle (Kate Nash), who she hasn't seen in five years and who now lives in Paris. Michelle brings along the snooty Jess (Oona Chaplin), her friend and business partner in Paris. Both Michelle and Jess are very stylish, very Parisian, in many ways the opposite of the down-to-earth Sam.
Trouble for Sam starts when she sees her best mates Chanel (Jaime Winstone), Saskia (Sarah Hoare) and Page (Riann Steele) in the powder room of the club. Sam doesn't want the groups to meet because she has told Michelle and Jess that she is a lawyer, with a handsome boyfriend and a great life; unfortunately, none of which is true. So Powder Room is all about both sets of girls going in and out of the powder room all night, each of them with their own set of problems/issues.
Promiscuous Chanel has been following a man around the club, telling everyone that 'he is the one'. Saskia and Page end up taking the hallucinogenic drug MDMA and spend the evening tripping. And Sam is trying, successfully until the very end, to not let the two groups meet. All of this mayhem is overseen by the powder room toilet attendant (the lovely Johnnie Fiori). Meanwhile, loads of other characters drift in and out of the powder room, putting on makeup, gossiping, checking their outfits, and, rarely actually using the toilet. One memorable character is a young woman dressed as a baby, only because her friends said that it was fancy dress night at the club.
Against the backdrop of this mess is the music in the nightclub, with foot-thumping and memorable tunes by an all-girl band, who are, in fact, called The Fake Club. Their music is excellent, and is by far the best thing about this movie.
Powder Room, based on the stage play When Women Wee, shows us woman acting in a manner that not too many men can relate to, and probably don't want to know about. Is it too much? Perhaps. But the cast is very good and very charming, with Smith out in front, with good performances from the supporting characters. And credit also goes to director MJ Delaney, 27 years old, for doing a good job in helming her first feature-length film. But keep an eye open for the group Fake Club - they will be very big very soon.