In which WoS appears in a movie with Ricky Gervais!
The pics above and below this paragraph come from Cemetery Junction, a film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Steven Marchant and released earlier this year. The DVD comes out later this month, but WoSblog has had a sneak preview, in more ways than one.
Because this excellent sequence (about 24 minutes into the movie) wasn't shot on location or on a movie set. As hyper-alert viewers will have noticed, the scenery was shot by me, on a WoS daytrip to Barry Island in 2006.
(The picture in question, seen just below these words, doesn't even appear in the main body of the feature, but as a text link around the middle of the piece. Lord knows how the production company stumbled across it.)
I got an email out of the blue last November asking if the pic could be used in a movie. I said that that was fine, subject to payment of a small license fee, assuming it was some little indie film company that couldn't afford location shoots or something. But when the release document arrived to be signed in February, I Googled the title and was quietly thrilled to find out the truth.
(I wouldn't have asked for any more money if I'd known it was a major-studio production featuring household names – it's only a still that appears in the movie for a few seconds, after all – but I might have asked for a couple of tickets to the premiere and a little joke credit instead.)
At this point there was a mildly silly mess of bureaucracy to go through, a cheque arrived, and that was that. The film only showed for a week in Bath and I didn't manage to catch it (the first time we tried to go it was sold out, and the second time was a lovely spring evening and my companion decided we should go for a stroll in the park instead), so I didn't know until now if the picture had actually made the final cut.
But it had. (So skilfully blended in you'd never suspect.) And that's nice.