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Jjust read this on the BBC news website: getting to work with Ralph Fiennes and the genius comedy duo of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (anyone who hasn't watched "Extras" has got to do so... much better than "The Office"!)... jealous much?? emoticon

Taking its name from a corner of Gervais's home town of Reading, Cemetery Junction tells of three working class lads facing adult responsibilities for the first time.

Freddie - played by newcomer Christian Cooke - is intent on bettering himself and thinks the best way to do so is to become a door-to-door insurance salesman.

But his friends Bruce and Snork - played by Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan respectively - prefer a more hedonistic existence built around late nights, juvenile pranks and pretty girls.

One of those girls is Julie (Felicity Jones), the daughter of Freddie's boss at the Vigilant Life Assurance Company (Ralph Fiennes).

To Freddie's dismay, though, she is already engaged to one of his colleagues - played by Matthew Goode, from A Single Man and the 2008 remake of Brideshead Revisited.

"It's about the minutiae of a few kids growing up in a small town," says Gervais, who appears in the film as Cooke's embittered factory worker father.

"It's about escape and stifled ambition, set in world we understand and have inhabited."

Adolescence

Gervais drew on his own childhood and adolescence while co-writing the film, originally titled The Man from the Pru - as in Prudential, the British insurance company.

Merchant, though, is quick to point out that the themes of its story transcend its historical period and parochial setting.


 
Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes play the parents of the film's female lead
"There's no reason why you need to have grown up in the 1970s to enjoy it," insists the 35-year-old Bristolian.

"Our young cast grew up more recently but still related to it, so hopefully it's broader than that."

"People thought The Office was quintessentially English and it wasn't really," agrees Gervais, citing the award-winning sitcom that rocketed him to fame.

"The show had universal themes - boy meets girl, having a decent job at work, making a difference - that anyone could understand."



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Wow.. Well.. if there were any lingering doubts, there can be none now.
Felicity Jones is a star.
She regularly works with people whose names are known to pretty much anyone anywhere..
Something tells me that she will be one of those household names herself.. sooner rather than later.

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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.

Cemetery Junction is set in the 1970s in Reading, Berkshire, where Gervais himself grew up. It follows two twenty-somethings who work as building society clerks. According to Gervais, it is a "coming of age" story that is a cross between The Office and Mad Men.

Since its initial announcement, the UK release date has changed to April 14.

Cast:
    * Ricky Gervais as Len Taylor
    * Burn Gorman as Renwick
    * Julia Davis as Mrs. Taylor
    * Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Kendrick
    * Emily Watson as Mrs. Kendrick
    * Matthew Goode as Mike Ramsay
    * Christian Cooke as Freddie Taylor
    * Tom Hughes as Bruce Pearson
    * Jack Doolan as Snork
    * Felicity Jones as Julie
    * Matt Holness as Bandleader
    * Steve Speirs as Sgt. Wyn Davies
    * Anne Reid as Freddie's Gran
    * Michael Jibson as Cliff


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I saw that image on a billboard today. It's really funny seeing an image like that on such a large scale when you've recently watched her in the 1st season of the Worst Witch. Who would have thought cute little Ethel would have become such a grown up star?
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"What lovely eyes you have!" said the wolf to Little Red Riding Fliss..
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Ah, cool emoticon I'd seen this film discussed on TV, but wasn't aware of the WW connection. Would like to go and watch it.

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