The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird is set to make his feature film directorial debut with Days of The Bagnold Summer, an adaptation of Joff Winterhart’s Costa shortlisted graphic novel of the same name, to be produced by Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films.
Bird will direct from a screenplay by Lisa Owens, author of the acclaimed novel Not Working.
Winterhart’s sublimely funny and perceptive tale was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Award for Best Novel and tells the story of an idle summer in the lives of a shy fifteen-year-old heavy metal fan and his librarian mother.
It perfectly captures the ennui, tension, pathos and affection of a mother-son relationship.
Simon Bird’s first film, Ernestine and Kit, based on the short story by Kevin Barry, was produced by Stigma Films in 2015 and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2016 Irish Film and Television Awards. It premiered at revered film festival South by South West in Austin, Texas.
As an actor, Simon has starred in four series of the award-winning sitcom Friday Night Dinner, but is perhaps best known as Will McKenzie from Channel 4’s multi-award-winning sitcom The Inbetweeners, and The Inbetweeners Movie, which is the highest-grossing comedy film ever in the UK.
In addition to producing Bird’s first film, Matthew James Wilkinson’s previous credits include thriller feature Kaleidoscope starring Toby Jones and Inseparable starring Benedict Cumberbatch.