Despite the letter spacing typo on the poster, Scarfolk’s 1972 tourism campaign was as successful as the mayor had hoped. Seven tourists visited that summer. Oddly, they were all called Timothy, wore identical clothes and appeared to communicate with each other telepathically. Everyone in Scarfolk called them ‘The Tim Seven’.
Three days after they arrived in Scarfolk all the birds disappeared and for months after the Tims left whenever Scarfolk residents tried to use their telephones all they could hear on the other end was distant, frantic backward birdsong.
'The Tim Seven' also claimed they could psychically channel a long-dead Scarfolk resident - a fifteenth century plague doctor called Ranlyn Spangles - but they could only pick up his thoughts that referred to wigs or soup spoons.
Loosely based on a Dostoyevsky novel, Ayoade’s sophomore picture stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska alongside a host of other character actors. It’s an expertly cut teaser set to the old blues song Grinnin’ In Your Face that will set your anticipation levels to ninety.