‘The Inbetweeners’ Star Simon Bird on His Feature Debut as Director ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

Variety | 8/14/2019 | Leo Barraclough
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Gentle coming-of-age comedy-drama “Days of the Bagnold Summer,” which world premieres at Locarno Festival Wednesday, is the directorial feature debut of British actor Simon Bird, best known as the star of hit comedy series and movie franchise “The Inbetweeners.” Bird spoke to Variety in advance of the screening in Locarno’s Piazza Grande.

The film stars Earl Cave – Nick Cave’s son – as an angry teen, Daniel, spending a frustratingly dull summer in his suburban town with his lonely single mom, Sue, played by Monica Dolan. Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe and Tamsin Greig deliver deliciously witty cameos.

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The film was produced by Matthew James Wilkinson, one of the original producers of box-office smash “Yesterday,” who also produced Bird’s directorial debut, the short “Ernestine & Kit,” which premiered at SXSW in 2016.

“Bagnold Summer” is based on the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, and was adapted for film by Bird’s wife Lisa Owens.

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What was it about the graphic novel that persuaded you to adapt it as a film?

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It was the tone of it, which is understated, observant, poignant and funny, and those are the qualities that I enjoy in the films that I watch.

It felt like there aren’t that many British films made that are coming-of-age comedy-dramas set in the British suburbs, so there definitely felt like there was a niche there to be filled.

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Is there a core issue around which you built the film? Was it the relationship between the mom and her son, and his transformation through the film?

Yeah, I think so. For me the key was as well just making sure that the story was shared between the two of them. It’s a coming-of-age film but not just Daniel’s coming-of-age film, it is as much Sue’s as Daniel’s. And that is what’s brilliant and so original about the...
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