Cemetery Junction

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Cemetery Junction
CJ Poster.jpg
Official Poster
Directed by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Produced by Sue Baden-Powell
Ricky Gervais
Charlie Hanson
Stephen Merchant
Written by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Starring Christian Cooke
Tom Hughes
Jack Doolan
Felicity Jones
Music by Tim Atack
Cinematography Remi Adefarasin
Edited by Valerio Bonelli
Distributed by Sony Pictures (UK)
Release Dates Flag UK.png 14 April 2010
Flag USA.png 17 August 2010 (DVD)
Running Time 95 minutes
Country UK
Language English
Budget unknown
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Cemetery Junction is a feature film comedy co-written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The pair also directed the film and Gervais played a small role as Len Taylor. Shooting began in summer 2009 and the film was released in the UK in April 2010. The film was not released theatrically in the US, except for a brief run at one theater in Glendale, California. It was released on DVD in the US in August 2010.

The film was originally titled The Man from the Pru, a colloquial term (and later an advertising slogan) for agents of the Prudential insurance company. During the writing of the film, the Prudential allowed Ricky and Steve to use their archives for research, however, after reading the finished script, the company decided it was not pleased with how they were to be portrayed in the film and decided not to allow their name to be used. The new title comes from the name of a road junction in the East Reading district of the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire where the film takes place and which is also home to the Prudential head office. [1]

Plot

Cemetery Junction is set in the 1970's in Reading, Berkshire, the same town where Gervais himself grew up. It follows a group of four twenty-somethings, one of which works as an insurance salesman. According to Gervais, it is a "coming of age" story that is a cross between The Office and Mad Men.[2]

Cast

  • Christian Cooke as Freddie Taylor
  • Tom Hughes as Bruce Pearson
  • Jack Doolan as Snork
  • Felicity Jones as Julie
  • Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Kendrick
  • Emily Watson as Mrs. Kendrick
  • Matthew Goode as Mike Ramsay
  • Ricky Gervais as Len Taylor
  • Julia Davis as Mrs. Taylor
  • Steve Speirs as Sgt. Wyn Davies

Box Office

The film took £641,218 for its opening weekend in the UK. As of 02 May 2010, the film has grossed £1,329,002 in the UK.

Trivia

  • This is the second feature film written and directed by Gervais, after his debut film The Invention of Lying, and the first for Merchant.
  • A blog featuring updates from Ricky can be found on his website.

References

  1. Financial Times - Pru Blocks Gervais Film Name - 21st April 2009
  2. The Independent 18 August 2008

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