Magazine article Screen International

The Inbetweeners Movie

Magazine article Screen International

The Inbetweeners Movie

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The cast, crew and creative team behind hit UK TV series The Inbetweeners re-locate to Magaluf, Mallorca for the £3.5m budgeted-feature version, due to reach UK screens August 19.

Synopsis: Four 18-year-olds from the south of England go on holiday to Malia in the hope of finding girls, cheap beer and sun. The film picks up where the award-winning E4 comedy-sitcom ended last year.

Director: Ben Palmer

Writers: Iain Morris, Damon Beesley

Producer: Christopher Young

Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison, Emily Head, Laura Haddock, Belinda Stewart Wilson

Financing: Channel 4

Language: English

Countries of Production: UK

Status: Post-production

Release date: August 19

Next up: Despite persistent rumours of the same talent re-teaming for a fourth TV series or a one-hour special, nothing is in the pipeline, according to the producer and writers. Bird (who recently appeared on TV series Friday Night Dinner) and Thomas are scripting and due to star in Chickens, a WWII-era comedy pilot for Big Talk, which Steve Bendelack is attached to direct. Shooting is set for May.

Arriving on the set of The Inbetweeners Movie you would be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into a Club 18-30 holiday bash. Despite it being low season in Magaluf, the pool-side is crowded with (fake) tanned bodies sporting fluorescent swimming costumes. In the corner of the scene, three pasty (and one not so pasty, for reasons to be revealed) boys are busy wisecracking and one-upping each other -- a very different setting, but the same successful formula.

After three hugely popular award-winning series, which sold in over 20 international territories, it seemed a logical step for the writers of the UK TV comedy-sitcom The Inbetweeners to follow in the footsteps of previous UK TV hits Kevin & Perry and Ali G by transferring to the big screen. However, according to writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, the feature had been in their minds since the early days of the series. Morris says: "At the time we wrote the pilot we started to separate anecdotes we thought might make an interesting teen film. We were influenced by films like American Pie and Swingers - films which look at the way guys talk to each other. But then we filed it away. After the first series we were approached about writing a film and we returned to the idea of a lads holiday. By the third series we had written a rough draft."

While plot details are hard to come by, Beesley provides a rough outline: "The basic journey is that four suburban guys go on this lads holiday abroad looking for girls, thinking that the sense of displacement they feel in suburbia -- where they are in the outside looking in -- will disappear when they go on holiday. But when they arrive that feeling is magnified by a million as there are some terrifying adults here. It's about how they cope with that."

Fans of the TV show will be wondering how much the creators have diverged from the tried and tested formula. "We've made it standalone. If you don't know the series it will still make sense. There are a few new characters. Some new boys and girls. The boys meet a group of girls out here that they hang out with. They meet some oddball characters along the way, old guys who have been out here too long, and there's some splitting up between the boys along the way. …

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