Film4 announces new film from The Inbetweeners creators starring Joe Thomas & Claudia O'Doherty
Film4 announces new film from the creators of The Inbetweeners
BAFTA Award winner and Fudge Park co-founder Iain Morris (THE INBETWEENERS) is directing the comedy THE FESTIVAL, it was announced today by Fudge Park, Film4 and Entertainment Film Distributors (EFD).
Joe Thomas (THE INBETWEENERS, WHITE GOLD) Emmy Award nominee Claudia O’Doherty (TRAINWRECK, Netflix’s LOVE) and Hammed Animashaun (Channel 4’s FLOWERS, Netflix’s BLACK MIRROR) have been cast in the lead roles.
The feature film is the first comedy to be greenlit under Fudge Park’s four-picture deal with Film4 and EFD which was signed last year. Film4 and EFD have developed and are co-financing the project, with EFD distributing the film in the UK in summer 2018.
Currently in production on location in the UK, THE FESTIVAL is produced by Claire Jones (SIGHTSEERS, KILL LIST) for Fudge Park. Damon Beesley and Caroline Leddy are executive producing on behalf of Fudge Park. Daniel Battsek and Rachel Springett are executive producing for Film4.
Morris is directing from a screenplay by Keith Akushie and Joe Parham (SIBLINGS).
The supporting cast includes seven-time Emmy AwardÒ nominee Jemaine Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, MOANA), Hannah Tointon (MR SELFRIDGE, THE HOUR), Emma Rigby (ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, PRISONERS’ WIVES), Kurt Yaeger (SONS OF ANARCHY, NCIS: LOS ANGELES) and Chris Geere (YOU’RE THE WORST, ILL BEHAVIOUR).
THE FESTIVAL follows a group of students as they graduate and go to a music festival for the first time. It’s a coming of age comedy that finds the gang falling in love with music and mud.
“Joe and Keith's script was too funny to ignore. I'm delighted to be making this film with my Inbetweeners partners Film4 and Entertainment. It's great to be working with Joe, Claudia and Jemaine again. And I'm excited for the world to see Hammed's performance. Going to a music festival is a quintessential British rite of passage just like a lads’ holiday or backpacking so it seemed like a natural fit for me to try and find the humour and fun in festivals,” said director Iain Morris.
“Film4 are delighted to be working with Fudge Park and Entertainment again for the first time since the phenomenally successful INBETWEENERS movies. Although THE FESTIVAL is an original premise, we’re confident Iain and the rest of the team will produce another very funny and very commercial feature film,” said Daniel Battsek, Director of Film4.
Director Iain Morris previously collaborated with Joe Thomas on the smash hit E4 television series, THE INBETWEENERS (2008-2010), which he co-created with Damon Beesley and which starred Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison in the lead roles. The show won the BAFTA YouTube Audience Award in 2010 and was also nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Situation Comedy, with Morris and Beesley nominated twice for Best Writing.
The success of the series led to two films commissioned by Film4, THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE and THE INBETWEENERS 2. Both were distributed in the UK by EFD and shattered box office records at the time of release. The 2nd film, directed by Morris and Beesley, set the record for the biggest opening weekend of 2014 and was the highest grossing British film that year.
Joe Thomas was most recently seen in Fudge Park / BBC Two’s series WHITE GOLD co-starring Ed Westwick and James Buckley and will reprise his role for season 2, currently in pre-production. He previously starred in Channel 4’s comedy series FRESH MEAT, starring Jack Whitehall and Kimberley Nixon, which aired for four seasons. He is most well-known for his role as Simon Cooper in THE INBETWEENERS series and subsequent film adaptations.
Claudia O’Doherty was nominated for an Emmy Award last year for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for her work on season 4 of Amy Schumer’s Comedy Central sketch show INSIDE AMY SCHUMER. As an actress, O’Doherty’s credits include roles in the worldwide box office hit TRAINWRECK, directed by Judd Apatow and a series regular role on Apatow’s Netflix series LOVE. Claudia won the Best Newcomer Award with her first solo show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2010. She was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for her show The Telescope at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Hammed Animashaun is an emerging British actor with extensive experience in theatre. This year, he can be seen in The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES which returns to the stage in November. In 2016, he appeared on stage in The National’s productions of AMADEUS and THE THREEPENNY OPERA and Lyric Hammersmith’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. He also appeared in the Young Vic’s production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE. His film and television credits include Netflix’s BLACK MIRROR, BBC Three’s PLS LIKE, Channel 4’s FLOWERS and BBC Films’ BORROWED TIME.
Morris and seven-time Emmy AwardÒ nominee Jemaine Clement previously worked together on the HBO cult series, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, co-created by Clement, Bret McKenzie and James Bobin which aired from 2007-2009. Morris was a contributing writer on the series, which garnered 10 Emmy AwardÒnominations including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Clement.
ABOUT FUDGE PARK
Fudge Park is a UK television and film production company launched in September 2015 by The Inbetweeners’ co-creators, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, alongside co-founders Simon Wilson, Phil Gilbert, Mark Lesbirel and Leo Martin.
The company develops and produces scripted comedy and comedy drama for both film and TV. In 2017 it unveiled its first two commissions, White Gold and Ill Behaviour, both for the BBC.
White Gold, a six-part comedy series written and directed by Beesley, aired on BBC Two earlier this year. The show stars Ed Westwick, James Buckley and Joe Thomas and follows a group of amoral double-glazing salesman in Essex in the 1980s. It premiered to critical and audience acclaim, was the 2nd highest comedy of the year on BBC iPlayer, and has recently launched worldwide on Netflix.
The series was recently commissioned for a second 6 x 30 series set to be filmed later this year and returning to BBC Two and Netflix in 2018.
Ill Behaviour is a three-part comedy thriller written by BAFTA Award winning writer, Sam Bain (Peep Show, Fresh Meat). The series, directed by Steve Bendelack, stars Chris Geere, Tom Riley, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Regan. The series is currently available on BBC iPlayer and premiered on BBC Two on 20th August.
Fudge Park has a distribution and development deal with BBC Worldwide to handle global sales on all its television productions.
In addition to their television endeavors, Fudge Park has a four-picture deal with Film4 and Entertainment Film Distributors who partnered with them on The Inbetweeners. The first film to be developed and produced under this deal is THE FESTIVAL, currently in production.
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, whether new or established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaireand Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Yann Demange’s ’71.
Film4’s recent releases include Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years. Forthcoming releases include Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Michael Pearce’s Beast, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Toby MacDonald’s Old Boys, Benedict Andrews’ Una and Baltasar Kormákur’s The Oath. Films in production include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Bart Layton’s American Animals, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene and Asif Kapadia’s Maradona.
For further information please visit www.film4productions.com (opens in a new window).
ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT FILM DISTRIBUTORS
Entertainment Film Distributors was founded in 1978 and has distributed a wide range of record-breaking titles from The Lord of The Rings trilogy to The Inbetweeners films. The company’s extensive library includes titles that have won over 150 Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards from titles as diverse asLion, The Hateful Eight, American Hustle, and The Departed, to Silver Linings Playbook, Brokeback Mountain, Million Dollar Baby, and Gosford Park. The company’s upcoming releases include The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hostiles with Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, and Bad Moms 2.
Watch the trailer for the second The Inbetweeners movie, Claudia O'Doherty being interviewed, and a comedy sketch featuring Hammed Animashaun below:
September 4, 2017 7:33am ET by Channel 4