Kevin & Perry Go Large
When Harry Enfield set out to transfer his comedy series from television to the big screen, he thought the best way to reach a wide audience would be via the characters of the two hopeless teenage boys played by himself and actress Kathy Burke: "Of our TV characters Kevin and Perry are the most international, encompassing a universal idea: 'I must get a shag or I'll be a virgin for life.'"
Comedy director Ed Bye was recruited to direct, while Enfield wrote the script with long-time collaborator David Cummings. Sending Kevin and Perry to the teen holiday mecca of Ibiza seemed logical. "Ibiza represents a rite of passage for a lot of kids," says Bye.
The Ibizan club scene provides a key plot strand in which Kevin and Perry pursue celebrity DJ Eye Ball Paul (Rhys Ifans) and attempt to become mixmasters. It also offers a good hook for a soundtrack album, with a mix of current Ibiza hits and specially-commissioned tunes put together with the help of real-life star DJ Judge Jules.
But Ibiza was far from ideal for Burke when filming there at the end of the summer. She had to deal with the heat while wearing all the paraphernalia needed to transform her into a credible teenage boy. "I'm really suffering for my art on this one -- a lot more than I ever did on Nil By Mouth," jokes Burke. "I also discovered I don't suffer from penis envy. This jockstrap contraption with a block of wood was incredibly uncomfortable."
Kevin & Perry Go Large has grossed some £10m in the UK since its release in April.
- Type of film
- Ed Bye
- Ed Bye.
- Exec prods
- Bruce Davey, Ralph Kamp, Barnaby Thompson.
- Peter Bennett-Jones, Jolyon Symonds, Harry Enfield.
- Enfield, David Cummings.
- Alan Almond.
- Prod des
- Tom Brown.
- Mark Wybourn.
- Main cast
- Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Rhys Ifans, Laura Fraser, James Fleet, Louisa Rix, Tabitha Wady, Paul Whitehouse.
- Icon Entertainment International.