It probably goes without saying that the new project the co-creators of high school years sitcom Inbetweeners, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, are collaborating on is a comedy.
This time around the two are taking their talents to the big screen to tell the story of recent university graduates celebrating at a festival and “falling in love with music and mud,” according to RadioTimes.
Fittingly, it’s called The Festival. No need to mince words here — that gets the point across.
Morris and Beesley are teaming up with writers Keith Akishie and Joe Parham (Siblings), who are set to pen the screenplay. Morris will direct, with Beesley executive-producing.
The Inbetweeners tie-ins don’t stop there. The ensemble cast includes Joe Thomas, who played Simon in the hit sitcom and is currently starring in the Netflix series White Gold, which Morris also executive-produces. It will also star Hannah Tointon, who you may remember played Simon’s girlfriend Tara in The Inbetweeners. They’ll be joined by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchord), Claudia O’Doherty (Love), Hammed Animashaun (Flowers) and Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks).
Morris talked to RadioTimes about how the film came about, saying, “Joe and Keith’s script was too funny to ignore.”
He also commented on the choice of setting, explaining, “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 humor and fun in festivals.”
We were just talking about Thomas putting his kiddo days behind him and now “adulting” in the TV series White Gold, where he portrays a door-to-door salesman selling windows. His character is still pretty green, however, so it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine him stepping back into those hedonistic post-student years for this new role.
If the festival circuit isn’t part of your yearly routine, but you are keen to learn more, check out this Anglo post on five British music festivals to attend.
For anyone concerned that the film may not make it stateside, we can tell you that Festival is coming out of Film4, which has had quite a few U.S. releases, including High-Rise, Youth, Room, Carol and The Lobster. There’s no release date as of yet, for either side of the pond, but we’ll keep you posted.
Are you ready for more Inbetweeners-like comedy?