The story of ground-breaking British film studio HandMade Films, which was founded by legendary former Beatle George Harrison and made such films as Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is set to be told in An Accidental Studio, a feature documentary from AMC U.K. for its international networks.
The film will be the first original from AMC U.K. and it will debut on the British channel on 4 May and on AMC channels internationally later in the year. It has never-before-seen interviews with key players including Richard E. Grant, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin and sets out to capture an extraordinary moment in film history through the eyes of the filmmakers and actors involved, as well as the man who started it all, music legend Harrison, who features in archive interview footage.
Additional interviews in the film include Bruce Robinson, Ray Cooper, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, Cathy Tyson, Brenda Vaccaro, A Martinez, Richard Loncraine and Jonathan Lynn.
HandMade dominated the British movie scene with its ethos of making and releasing maverick films that everyone else had rejected, including influential cult titles such as The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, Withnail and I, Alan Bennett’s triple BAFTA winner, A Private Function and the Oscar-nominated Mona Lisa.
AMC Networks International and BT are co-producing with DCD Rights, Propellor Films, Bill & Ben Productions and Kim Leggatt. Leggatt, and Bill & Ben’s Ben Timlett and Bill Jones, are directing. DCD will sell the series outside of AMC’s territories, including the US.
“HandMade Films created some of Britain’s most iconic films and gave a global platform to artists who continue to have a strong impact on popular culture today,” Harold Gronenthal, EVP of programming at AMC/SundanceTV Global told Variety.
“This new documentary is AMC U.K.’s first original production, and we’re excited to partner with BT, Bill & Ben Productions, Propellor Films and DCD Rights to showcase the important legacy of HandMade Films with AMC’s audiences internationally.”
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