Aimee Lou Wood, Nicola Coughlan and Lolly Adefope are filming a medieval comedy, with Nick Frost and Jessica Hynes.
Set in Britain’s Dark Ages, filming began today on Sixteen Them!, with a screenplay by Andy Riley (VeepYear Of The Rabbit), and directed by Curtis Vowell (Baby done).
The female-led comedy stars Sex Education’s Wood as Queen Dagan, overthrown by a revolution led by Humble Joan, played by Derry Girls’ Coughlan.
The queen becomes a fugitive in her own country with a big bounty on her head. But with the help of Shulmay (Adefope), a former servant with many secrets, and Bobik (Frost), a shit-digger who wants more from life, Queen Dagan must face hardship and danger as she embarks on a journey to win back his throne. Hynes plays Leofwine, the Queen’s Chancellor.
Shot in Kent and Wales over six weeks, the film is produced by Damian Jones (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie) and Matthew James Wilkinson (Yesterday) and executive produced by Riley, Nigel Green, Jack Webb, Sophie Meyer and Paul Grindey . The film is funded by Entertainment Film Distributors (EFD) who are also releasing the film in the UK and Ireland.
“We are so excited to be working with today’s funniest young actresses in Aimee, Lolly and Nicola as well as the epic Nick Frost and Jess Hynes,” Jones said. “Backed by one of the UK’s top distributors, Nigel Green and EFD, we feel privileged to bring this project to the big screen.”
Frost, who starred in the BBC sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive, which Riley co-wrote with Kevin Cecil, added: “The chance to film in Wales, the land of my fathers, with Aimee and Lolly speaking the wonderful words, out loud, that Andy Riley wrote, was a sweet temptation that I found hard to resist.”