Birmingham is not exactly renowned as a movie location, but after Atom Egoyan recently put it on the map with Felicia's Journey comes another film set in the city. Justin Edgar and his co-writer Mike Dent both hail from the home of Spaghetti Junction, balti curries and the Bullring, so it was a natural choice as the backdrop for their teen comedy Large, which shot for six weeks on location in Birmingham.
The pair had previously collaborated on a short, Larging It, which led to the feature. They teamed up with producer Alex Usborne, whose credits include The Acid House and Tales From A Hard City, and debut director Edgar recruited a young cast of British newcomers as well as studding the film with comic cameos from TV personalities Les Dennis, Morwenna Banks and Phil Cornwell.
The film tells the story of young Jason Mousely, who on his 18th birthday is due to inherit a fortune from his late father, rock legend Barry 'Blaze' Mousely. The catch is that to collect his inheritance Jason must show himself to be the opposite of his departed dad - he has to be a responsible citizen with a steady job, a wholesome girlfriend and a respectful attitude to his stepmother. And he has just one day to prove it before he turns 18.
Large is produced by Sheffield-based Picture Palace North for FilmFour and The Film Consortium. The title is one of the first from FilmFour Lab's 2000 production slate, with the Lab's Robin Gutch describing it as the ideal film to launch the slate. It is, he says, "an evil brew of bawdy wit and adrenaline-powered comedy, with interior design to die for".
- Type of film
- Justin Edgar
- Justin Edgar.
- Alex Usborne.
- Justin Edgar, Mike Dent.
- Robbie Ryan.
- Prod des
- Julian Fullalove.
- Eddie Hamilton.
- Main cast
- Luke de Woolfson, Melanie Gutteridge, Emma Catherwood, Lee Oakes, Simon Lowe.
- FilmFour, The Film Consortium, Yorkshire Media Production Agency.