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Days of the Bagnold Summer - First-look image from Simon Bird's directorial debut

Days of the Bagnold Summer

Story by Jack Foley

FILMING has now wrapped on Days of The Bagnold Summer, which marks the directorial debut of actor, writer and comedian Simon Bird, star of the international hit Inbetweeners films.

An adaptation of Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel of the same name published by Jonathan Cape, it is the first graphic novel to be nominated for the Costa Book Award.

The story follows a heavy-metal-loving teenager as his holiday plans fall through at the last minute, meaning he must spend the whole summer with the person who annoys him most in the world: his mum.

Days of The Bagnold Summer is billed as a tender, funny coming-of-age story… an acutely observed portrait of growing pains, friendship and family life.

The cast includes BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan (Eye in the Sky, The Falling, Pride), Earl Cave (The End of the F***ing World), Rob Brydon (The Trip, A Cock and Bull Story), BIFA-Award-winning actress, writer and director Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Adult Life Skills, Sightseers), Olivier-Award-winner actress Tamsin Greig (Second Best Marigold Hotel, Tamara Drewe) and Elliot Speller-Gillot (Uncle).

Belle & Sebastian have just confirmed they will be doing an original soundtrack for the film.

Belle & Sebastian are one of the most cherished and celebrated UK acts of recent decades. They have released eleven critically acclaimed albums including the epoch-defining Tigermilk, If You’re Feeling Sinister and The Boy With The Arab Strap and many classic EPs and singles, including most recently the How To Solve Our Human Problems trilogy.

The screenplay is by Lisa Owens, author of the novel Not Working.

Best known for playing the sarcastic but lovable geek Will in the hugely popular and successful The Inbetweeners TV series and feature films, Simon Bird has also co-created, co-written and co-starred in Chickens, a series for Big Talk Productions and broadcast on Sky.

His first film as a director, the short Ernestine & Kit produced by Stigma Films supported by Creative England via BFI NETWORK, premiered at SXSW in 2016 and gained a Best Short Film nomination at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Photo credit: Rob Baker Ashton.

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