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James Gardner preparing Grans Gone Wild

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- The Jellyfish director’s sophomore film is a black comedy that tells the story of two estranged elderly sisters

James Gardner preparing Grans Gone Wild
Director James Gardner

British director and NFTS alumnus James Gardner is now preparing his sophomore film, a black comedy entitled Grans Gone Wild. His debut feature, Jellyfish [+see also:
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, centred on a young carer who discovers she has an unlikely talent for stand-up comedy and was world-premiered at Tribeca in 2018. The flick was very well received, and garnered several accolades at Poznań’s Ale Kino!, Dinard and Edinburgh, among others. It also scooped the Cineuropa Prize at last year’s Mons International Film Festival.

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The script for this new project, penned by Simon Lord (Jellyfish) and the director himself, focuses on two estranged elderly sisters who reconnect on a no-holds-barred bender that goes awry. Penelope Wilton (Summerland, Eternal Beauty) will play one of the two sisters, whilst Asa Butterfield (Greed [+see also:
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) will star as the aspiring young rapper who lives next door to one of them.

Principal photography is set to commence in September this year. The selected locations are near the M25 in England, and in Wales, including the city of Aberystwyth (a crucial location in the storyline).

Grans Gone Wild is being produced by Katie Dolan for British outfit Cosmik Pictures. Before boarding the project, Dolan gained extensive experience as an executive producer for top music stars such as David Bowie, Sigur Rós, Chemical Brothers, Coldplay and Elton John.

The release date is yet to be confirmed.

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