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Confetti - Preview

Confetti

Preview by Jack Foley

FANS of the mock-umentary style of films like Best In Show and A Mighty Wind have every reason to feel excited about Confetti, a new UK equivalent that boasts a strong cast of British comedians and a really intriguing premise.

The film follows the fortunes of three couples as they compete in bridal magazine Confetti’s search to find the ‘most original wedding of the year’. Among them is a couple of celebrity tennis players, two musical enthusiasts and two nudists.

The ensemble cast is comprised of Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Office), Jessica Stevenson (Shaun Of The Dead, Spaced), Stephen Mangan (Green Wing), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge), Rob Webb (Peep Show), Jimmy Carr and Alison Steadman (Topsy-Turvy), while Debbie Isitt directs.

Funded by the BBC, advance word suggests a genuinely amusing experience, particularly as reports from the set suggest that the cast was allowed to improvise as much as possible, so long as it remained within the constraints of the narrative. What’s more, none of the performers were told in advance who would win.

Certainly, David Thompson, films executive for the BBC, is cautiously optimistic of the film’s chances, stating: “Every once in a while, a British comedy breaks through and we’re hoping this is one of them.”

He is also delighted that the film has been picked up by Fox Searchlight, the independent arm of Twentieth Century Fox, which now has world-wide distribution rights.

Commenting at the time of the acquisition, Peter Price, president of Fox Searchlight Pictures, said : “From minute one, we were immediately enamored with Confetti’s unique concept and witty execution. With Confetti we look forward to both working with BBC Films and Wasted Talent, and continuing the extraordinary success we have experienced with previous British comedies like The Full Monty, Waking Ned and Bend It Like Beckham.”

Whether Confetti can pull off the global success of those aforementioned British hits remains to be seen but there is a genuine buzz of expectancy surrounding the film which could well see it becoming one of the British successes of 2006.

Certainly, Freeman is no stranger to box office success, having performed memorably in The Hitchhikers’ Guide and Love Actually, while for Jimmy Carr the film provides an opportunity to get his comic talents onto the big screen for the first time.

The film opens on May 5 and IndieLondon will be providing plenty of coverage.