Jason Wingard’s second feature Eaten By Lions will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21. Billed as a hilarious and contemporary comedy, the film stars some of British comedy’s brightest talent including Antonio Aakeel, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Asim Chaudhry, Jack Carroll, Kevin Eldon and Vicki Pepperdine.
Starring some of Britain’s best loved comedians and bright new British acting talent including Antonio Aakeel (City of Tiny Lights, Tomb Raider, The Hungry, Skins), BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing, Hoff the Record), Jack Carroll (Trollied, Britain’s Got Talent), actor and producer Johnny Vegas (Still Open All Hours, Benidorm), Kevin Eldon (Game of Thrones, Hot Fuzz) and Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On, Camping, Together), Jason Wingard’s second feature film will enjoy its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21 2018 followed by screenings at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival from June 25.
Eaten By Lions, written by David Isaac, follows Wingard’s directorial debut In Another Life which won Best UK Feature at Raindance 2017. It also picked up the BIFA Discovery award. His latest effort sees half-brothers Omar (Aakeel) and Pete (Carroll), who were raised by their Grandma after their parents were tragically killed by lions in a bizarre accident, embark on a life-changing journey after their Grandma dies to find Omar’s real father. This funny and touching journey of self-discovery all takes place in the British seaside town of Blackpool, reminding Top 10 Films of the enjoyable Bhaji On The Beach from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha which featured in our Top 10 Films By British Female Directors Since 1990.
Described as a charming tale of one boy’s search for his biological father and his own sense of identity, Wingard says, “The story is essentially about the importance of family. I wanted the viewer to forget about incidentals such as race or disability and focus on the characters. It’s an attitude we applied to everyone in the film really. The story deals with big contemporary issues (class, diversity, disability, inter-racial relations, foster and adoption, sexuality, love, life and death) in a sharp and often irreverent way.”
It’s a “comedy with heart without skimping on laughs”, adds the director as the film discovers the unexpected ways in which friendships and a sense of belonging are formed in a multicultural society. Actor Jack Carroll said: “I loved the warm, yet still cutting edge nature of the comedy, the expertly drawn characters and the positive message at the heart of the story.” Actor and producer Johnny Vegas notes that it’s “a very relatable story about searching for something… like we all do, and the realisation that what you think you’re looking for is often right in front of you.”
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Tuesday 19 June 09:10 Cineworld 12 (Press & Industry Screening)
Thursday 21 June 18:20 Cineworld 12 (Public Screening)
Saturday 23 June 13:15 Cineworld 5 (Public Screening)
Friday 29 June 09:00 Cineworld 12 (Press & Industry Screening)
Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival
Monday 25th June – 18:45 (London Stratford Picturehouse)
Wednesday 27th June – 20:00 (London Leicester Square)
Friday 29th June – 19:00 (Birmingham)
Saturday 30th June – 16:00 (Manchester)