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Ricky Gervais And Stephen Merchant Shoot ‘Cemetary Junction’

Posted by Brian on 06/21/2009

Cemetary JunctionSource: Official Site

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the multi-award winning team behind The Office and Extras, recently started production on their first feature film. Cemetary Junction tells the funny, touching and universal story of being trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape. In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. Freddie (Christian Cooke) wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan) are happy with life the way it is. When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie (Felicity Jones), the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives for ever.

This actually sounds like the Fox pilot I just read by Liz Meriwether, except not set in the 70s and no one here falls in love.  Whatever, I’m game. I’m probably the only American who prefers the original Office to the spinoff, but Gervais’ films have kind of sucked. Cemetary Junction just wrapped it’s first week  of a seven week production, and also stars Ralph Fiennes (The Reader, Schindler’s List), Ricky Gervais (The Invention Of Lying, Ghost Town), Emily Watson (Synecdoche, New York, Cold Souls), and Matthew Goode (Match Point, Watchmen) alongside newcomers Felicity Jones, Jack Doolan, Tom Hughes, and Christian Cooke.


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