Film4 Unveils Comedy 'The Festival' From 'The Inbetweeners' Creators

The Inbetweeners 2 - H 2014
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The Inbetweeners 2 - H 2014

Jemaine Clement is among the supporting cast, while 'Inbetweeners' alumni Joe Thomas stars in this comedy set around a music festival.

Three years after the Brit comedy sequel Inbetweeners 2 smashed box-office records in the U.K., its creators have announced the first film from their new production banner, Fudge Park. 

The Festival, the first feature to be greenlighted under Fudge Park's four-picture deal with Film4 and Entertainment Film Distributors signed last year, is currently in production on location in the U.K., with Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners, White Gold), Emmy-nominee Claudia O'Doherty (Trainwreck, Love) and Hammed Animashaun (Black Mirror) cast in the lead roles. 

Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Hannah Tointon (Mr. Selfridge), Emma Rigby (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Kurt Yaeger (Sons of Anarchy) and Chris Geere (Ill Behaviour) make up the supporting cast.

Fudge Park co-founder Iain Morris (The Inbetweeners) directs from a script by Keith Akushie and Joe Parham (Siblings), with Claire Jones (Sightseers, Kill List) producing for the production company. Damon Beesley and Caroline Leddy are exec producing on behalf of Fudge Park, while Daniel Battsek and Rachel Springett exec producing for Film4.

In the same vein as college comedy The Inbetweeners, The Festival follows a group of students as they go to a music festival for the first time, with the gang falling in love with music and mud. 

“Joe and Keith's script was too funny to ignore," said Morris. "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.” 

Added Film4 head Battsek: "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."

Film4 and EFD have developed and are co-financing The Festival, with EFD distributing the film in the UK in summer 2018.