'The Inbetweeners' Star Simon Bird Lands Directorial Debut

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Simon Bird

The comedian and actor will direct the adaptation of graphic novel 'Days of the Bagnold Summer.'

With The Inbetweeners series and two hit big-screen outings in the U.K., Simon Bird has become something of a comedy regular on British TV.

The actor is now set to make his first feature-length foray into film from the other side of the camera, lining up his directorial debut with Days of the Bagnold Summer, an adaptation of Joff Winterhart's graphic novel. 

Bird will direct from a screenplay by Lisa Owens, author of the novel Not Working, with Stigma Films' Matthew James Wilkinson producing. 

Days of the Bagnold Summer tells the story of a shy 15-year-old heavy metal fan and his librarian mother, who are forced to spend six long weeks together one summer. 

The film is being part-funded by Creative England with support from the British Film Institute and is seeking additional funding ahead of its summer production start date. Robert Sterne of Nina Gold Casting (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Crown) is looking after casting. 

Bird's first film as director, the short Ernestine and Kit, was produced by Stigma Films in 2015 and was nominated in the best short film category at the 2016 Irish Film and Television Awards. 

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