Award-Winning British Comedy EATEN BY LIONS from Mecca Film Developments + Munro Films to Celebrate UK Release On March 29
Mecca Film Developments Ltd. & Munro Films are thrilled to announce the hilarious and contemporary comedy EATEN BY LIONS will be released in UK Cinemas on 29th March.
The film stars some of Britain’s best-loved comedians alongside bright new British acting talent including Screen International’s 2018 ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Antonio Aakeel (City of Tiny Lights, Tomb Raider, The Hungry, Skins), BAFTA & Emmy award-winning Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror, People Just Do Nothing,) Britain’s Got Talent’s Jack Carroll, actor and producer Johnny Vegas (Still Open All Hours, Benidorm), Kevin Eldon (Game of Thrones, Hot Fuzz) and Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On, Camping).
Following its successful World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018, the film also showcased at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, where it won the Lebara Play Audience Choice Award for Best Film. Written by David Isaac (Coronation Street, Not Going Out, Life of Riley) and Produced by the Award-winning Hannah Stevenson (In Another Life), Flickering Myth called director Jason Wingard’s second feature film “sweetly funny” with a “fast pace, likable characters and laugh per minute ratio…it scores highly in the entertainment stakes”. Wingard’s first feature In Another Life, where he first teamed up with Producer Hannah Stevenson, won Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival 2017 and went on to win the BIFA Discovery award.
EATEN BY LIONS tells the heart-warming story of half-brothers Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll), who were raised by their Grandma after their parents were tragically killed by lions in a bizarre accident. When their beloved Gran passes away, they embark on a life-changing journey to find Omar's birth father. What follows is a funny and touching journey of self-discovery for both boys...in Blackpool. The Choudray family represent a truly contemporary example of modern multicultural Britain, but what will the brothers make of their eccentric newfound family?
EATEN BY LIONS will also be released On Demand & DVD by Lightbulb Film Distribution later this year.
Director Jason Wingard said “The story is essentially about the importance of family. I wanted the viewer to forget about incidentals such as race or disability and focus on the characters. It’s an attitude we applied to everyone in the film really. The story deals with big contemporary issues (class, diversity, disability, inter-racial relations, foster and adoption, sexuality, love, life and death) in a sharp and often irreverent way. A comedy with heart without skimping on laughs.”
Johnny Vegas said “It’s a very relatable story about searching for something...like we all do, and the realisation that what you think you’re looking is often right in front of you.”
Jack Carroll said "I loved the warm, yet still cutting-edge nature of the comedy, the expertly drawn characters and the positive message at the heart of the story. I'm playing a sarcastic, semi-annoying disabled teenager. This role was a huge stretch for me."
EATEN BY LIONS will be released in UK cinemas on March 29
Omar - ANTONIO AAKEEL
Irfan - ASIM CHAUDHRY
Pete - JACK CARROLL
Ray - JOHNNY VEGAS
Ellen - VICKI PEPPERDINE
Ken - KEVIN ELDON
Gran - STEPHANIE FAYERMAN
Fortune Teller - TOM BINNS
Amy - SARAH HOARE
Sara - HAYLEY TAMADDON
Ice cream man - PHIL ELLIS
Saftar - DARSHAN JARIWALLA
Malik - NITIN GANATRA
Barbara (Nice) - JANICE CONNOLLY
Ketchup Kev - STEVE CAIN
Saftar - DARSHAN JARIWALLA
Parveen - NATALIE DAVIES
About Mecca Film Developments Ltd.
Mecca Film Developments Ltd. is a fresh dynamic production company. Formed in 2013, the business prides itself on producing multi-genre original content, and spotting and nurturing exceptional talent. The company directors Matt Carroll and Sue Carroll, share a collective vision to bring modern exciting scripts to screen. Eaten By Lions is the first production to be completed however multiple further projects are currently in development.
About Munro Films
Launched in 2011, Munro Films brings award-winning, highly-acclaimed and independent British and International films to UK and Irish cinema screens. This includes The Receptionist, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Bruce Parry’s Tawai – A Voice from the Forest, Q Magazine’s Best Film 2017 Bunch of Kunst (A Film about Sleaford Mods), Cobain: Montage of Heck, the BAFTA-nominated Northern Soul, Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, McLaren and the Academy-Award shortlisted The Fencer.
About Lightbulb Film Distribution
Lightbulb Film Distribution is an independent all-rights film distributor based in London, UK. The company was founded in 2018 by Peter Thompson and Matthew Kreuzer. We believe that content is king – but distribution is just as important. Sourcing content from around the world, we offer independent films a reliable and proven route to market
JASON WINGARD – Director & Writer
Jason began making films whilst working as a standup comic in 1998 making super 8 silent films. After this he enrolled on a film making course and won the Exposures student film festival best animated short in 2000 with his film a ‘Star is Born' and later won best drama and the audience award in 2002 ‘Where to Mate’ in the same competition. This cemented his love of film making and passion to pick up a camera. Working with standup comedians as performers Jason quickly developed a style of shooting which allowed comedians the space to be creative in front of the camera.
Fast forward to 2018 and Eaten By Lions is Jason’s second feature film. His first feature ‘In Another Life’ won Best UK Feature at Raindance 2017 and picked up the BIFA Discovery award (British Independent Film Award).
Jason’s short film accolades have included, Grand Prize Virgin Media Shorts 2011, Virgin Media Shorts People’s Choice award 2010 best sitcom pilot COFILMIC 2014 and UNESCO Bradford City of film filmmaker of the year 2015. His BFI-funded short film ‘Going to Mecca’ played at Palm Springs, Rio and Berlin. He has also produced two short films for Creative England I-SHORTS.
Jason lives and works in Manchester in the UK. He has a passion for telling stories that have social issues at their heart. In Another Life was set in the Calais Jungle and used both actors and non actors (refugees) in the film. He is at home with improvisation as he is with scripted content. He has directed studio based sitcom pilots and pilots for the BBC including Hospital People made with long term collaborator Tom Binns, which went on to be a series on BBC 1 and shadowed Graham Linehan on Count Arthur.
HANNAH STEVENSON - Producer
Hannah Stevenson is a producer with over 20 years varied experience producing film, television programming, and commercials. Hannah successfully ran her own television production company for 6 years producing a number of documentary and lifestyle series for ITV.
Her primetime documentary ‘The Betty Driver Story’ was nominated for Best Factual Entertainment Programme at the RTS North Awards. Hannah and Jason started to work together in 2011 when she was line producer for the short film 'Going to Mecca' with EMU films funded by the BFI. Eaten By Lions is her second feature film. The first, ‘In Another Life’ won Best UK feature at Raindance 2017 and received the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards BIFAs.