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‘Inbetweeners’ Star Simon Bird to Direct ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

14 March 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Inbetweeners” star Simon Bird is set to make his feature film directorial debut with “Days of the Bagnold Summer,” an adaptation of Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel of the same name, to be produced by Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films.

Bird will direct from a screenplay by Lisa Owens, author of the novel “Not Working.”

Winterhart’s book, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Award, tells the story of “an idle summer in the lives of a shy 15-year-old heavy metal fan and his librarian mother. It perfectly captures the ennui, tension, pathos and affection of a mother-son relationship,” according to a statement.

The movie project is part-funded by Creative England with support from BFI.Network, and is seeking additional funding ahead of its summer production start date. It is being cast by Robert Sterne of Nina Gold Casting (“Game of Thrones,” “The Crown”).

Bird’s short film “Ernestine and Kit, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Inbetweeners' star Simon Bird to direct graphic novel adaptation

14 March 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Days Of The Bagnold Summer is based on Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel; the project has funding from Creative England.

Simon Bird, star of TV comedy The Inbetweeners and two feature films of the same name, has signed up to direct graphic novel adaptation Days Of The Bagnold Summer.

Creative England is part-funding the project, which has also support from the BFI’s Network programme. Financing is currently being closed ahead of a summer production start date.

Matthew James Wilkinson, who produced Bird’s short film Ernestine & Kit last year, is producing the feature for his banner Stigma Films.

Lisa Owens has written the screenplay which is adapted from Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel of the same name. The story follows an idle summer in the lives of a shy fifteen-year-old heavy metal fan and his librarian mother.

Days of The Bagnold Summer is currently being cast by Robert Sterne of London-based Nina Gold Casting, which has credits »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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