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Claudia O'Doherty and Jemaine Clement join The Festival

Appearing alongside Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas

Comedians Claudia O’Doherty and Jemaine Clement – from Flight Of The Conchords – have joined the cast of the forthcoming music festival movie from Inbetweeners co-creator Ian Morris.

As Chortle reported in June, Inbetweeners actor Joe Thomas stars in the film, which is now simply called The Festival.

Also starring is Hammed Animashaun – who played Ryan in last year’s Channel 4 comedy Flowers and who appeared in Liam Williams’s BBC Three comedy Pls Like.

The supporting cast for The Festival includes  Hannah Tointon, Emma Rigby, Kurt Yaeger and Chris Geere.

Morris is directing from a screenplay by Keith Akushie and Joe Parham, the pair who previously wrote Siblings, starring Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Stourton, for BBC Three.

The Festival follows a group of newly graduated students who go to a music festival for the first time, and fall in love ‘with music and mud’.

Morris said: ‘Joe and Keith's script was too funny to ignore. 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

The film is the first comedy to be greenlit under Fudge Park’s four-picture deal with Film4 and Entertainment Film Distributors which was signed last year. 

It will be released in the UK in the summer of next year. 

Currently in production on location in the UK, The Festival is produced by Claire Jones. Beesley and Caroline Leddy are executive producing for Fudge Park. Daniel Battsek and Rachel Springett are executive producing for Film4.

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Published: 4 Sep 2017

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