Saturday 16 December 2017

Director thanks lost Potter camera

Simon Pegg will star in a new British comedy written and directed by Crispian Mills
Simon Pegg will star in a new British comedy written and directed by Crispian Mills

A new quirky British comedy starring Simon Pegg has got off the ground thanks to a lost Harry Potter camera, its writer and director has said.

Crispian Mills, who is better known as singer/guitarist from bands Kula Shaker, Pi and The Jeevas, has returned to the family business with the film, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, actor Sir John Mills, his father, director Roy Boulting, and his mother Hayley Mills, an actress.

He said his debut piece, A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, came together when he found a camera that had been lost from the Harry Potter production in the gutter in the street outside his house.

After returning it to the grateful team, he was invited to the set and there ended up meeting future producer Geraldine Patten, who was working as a producer's assistant on Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.

The two stayed in touch and ended up working together.

Mills said he owed the person who dropped the camera a lot of thanks and told movieScope: "Every stage of the way, whether it's writing, casting or production - certainly investment - seems to have a life of its own.

"You have to have faith that things are going to find their way, almost by themselves."

The film, starring Simon Pegg and Amara Karan, is adapted from Bruce Robinson's novella Paranoia in the Launderette and opens on June 8.

Press Association

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