Great Britain: the movie is a truly independent 'cult' British comedy movie in the making. It stars Peter Bowles (To The Manor Born), Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Larry Lamb (Eastenders, New Tricks, Gavin and Stacey), Colin Salmon (Prime Suspect 2, 24: Live Another Day, Krypton), iconic British pop stars Right Said Fred, Hannah Waddingham (Benidorm, Game of Thrones), Ben Starr (Jamestown, Dickensian), Stephanie Leonidas (American Gothic), Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers (Father Brown, Emmerdale, Casualty), Stefan Booth (Eastenders, The Bill, Doctors) and a cast of well known British names.
With its machine-gun dialogue, intricate plotting, arch observations and stomping song and dance breaks Great in Britain: the movie is the heartwarming, thought-provoking and occasionally surrealist tale of three old school friends dealing with epic failure, their guardian angels, a sarcastic Scottish God and what really matters in the end. It is a movie like no other.
Written and directed by writer and photographer, Howard Webster, Great in Britain: the movie was shot on location in Kew, Surrey with the final scenes of the movie being shot in Tadworth, Surrey at the end of 2018 after an epic production journey that spanned two referendums and one Brexit. The movie features a thumping swing score and choreography by Dancing on Ice judge, Jason Gardiner. The opening titles dance number and the Tom Chambers dance number were both shot at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The principal locations for the movie were Kew Cricket Club on Kew Green and Kew Village. The director would like to thank all the businesses, organisations, clubs and people of Kew for their support during the making of this film.
The 2015 film festival cut. In order to try and get some momentum behind the movie during its epic five year production journey, and to demonstrate that there was an audience for a British musical comedy like this one, we put together a film festival cut of the movie at the end of 2015 using the material we had available at the time and its working title name. This much shorter, film festival cut played with great success at the Raindance Film Festival, London in October 2015 where it sold out two performances and a third had to be added because of public demand for tickets. Despite this response from the public who bought tickets at Raindance the movie still took another three years to complete, shoot its final scenes and release.
An epic, five year journey. The film shot its first scenes in March 2014 with its final scenes shot at the end of 2018. Post production for the theatrical release ended in January 2019. The film's director, Howard Webster, says, 'if someone told me when we started this production that it would last for approximately the same length of time as World War Two I wouldn't have believed them. There were great 'ups' during the making of the film, as well as some major challenges that would have made most people simply give up and walk away. Yet, as a great friend of mine, one of the actors in the movie, always says, 'we don't do giving up.' And, despite all the odds, we didn't. That cast member knows who he is and that his words of encouragement, at a critical moment, kept us on course. Thank you. The movie is now finally complete and being released. The scenes we shot at the end of 2018 to complete the film are some of my favourites in the movie. I am hugely proud of what has been achieved and the sheer grit and determination to see it through. The movie's history and its release have both come at a perfect time, when we all need a bit of cheering up and a glimmer hope that there might just be some divine point to all of this. Great in Britain: the movie is the perfect dose of cinematic anarchy.'
After a special series of premiere previews in February 2019 the movie will embark on its anarchic UK premiere tour. Great in Britain: the movie is being released as a premiere film to universities, colleges, village hall cinemas, community cinemas, pop-up cinemas, indie and unique venues and eclectic one-off special events. According to Howard Webster, the director of the film, the more anachronistic, eccentric and unusual the venue the better. Webster says, 'with a non-mainstream, independent picture like ours, one that takes risks and does things other movies don't, you have to let it find its audience, the people who really get what we're doing with this film. You have to go non-mainstream in its release. I never set out to make a multiplex movie. I set out to make a movie for people like me, the ones who wanted something more than by-the-numbers comedy movies. I used to love watching the alternative comedians of the 80s and 90s and just thought that British comedy movies had become too safe, too comfortable and too expected. Where was the anarchy that reflects the madness of the world we actually live in? There is nothing 'expected' about life as far as I can see and I don't think there should be anything expected about comedy movies either. I believe that there is a big audience out there for something new, something that does things differently and they are the ones I am talking to as a director. An audience that gets the joke. Ultimately, what we're doing is letting our audience discover this movie the old-fashioned way through word of mouth and reputation.'
In February 2019 a series of special premiere previews courtesy of Barry Gilbert of Curzon Country Cinemas are taking place in Surrey and Kent. You can see the times, dates and locations for these special premiere previews by clicking on the button below. If you want tickets to one of these special premiere previews we would advise you to book your ticket now as we are expecting demand to be high. We are hoping to add a couple more pop-up premiere preview screenings to this list so check back to this site (in the Screening News section below) if you weren't able to get tickets to the premiere preview screening of your choice.
Universities, colleges, village hall cinemas, community cinemas, pop-up cinemas and independents. If you are interested in booking the film then drop us a line.
If you are a club, association, company or organisation or just someone interested in hosting your very own private premiere screening event then drop us a line, we'd be intrigued to hear your plans and what you've got in mind. The more anarchic, eccentric and original the idea the better. Contact us by clicking the button below.
Great in Britain: the movie is coming home to Kew for its official UK premiere screening. More information to come soon.
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