News: Simon Amstell To Direct His First Film

Comedian Simon Amstell is to direct his first feature film.
Carnage - Swallowing The Past will be made for release on BBC iPlayer. Set in 2067, it looks back at a time when human beings ate other animals. For young people the idea that their grandparents could have been complicit in a bloodbath of unnecessary suffering is wholly unimaginable.

The film aims to break the taboo around Britain’s animal eating past, while showing compassion for a generation now seeking therapy to cope with the horror of their unthinkable actions. It will combine archive with original drama and is narrated by Simon Amstell, who describes a future where animals live equally amongst humans.

The film will star Martin Freeman, Joanna Lumley, Dame Eileen Atkins, Lindsay Duncan, Alex Lawther, Gemma Jones, Linda Basset, Marwan Rizwan and John Macmillan. Playing themselves are Kirsty Wark, JME, Lorraine Kelly and Vanessa Feltz

Simon Amstell says, “I have written and directed a film about veganism. I’m sorry.”

Victoria Jaye, Head of Content, BBC iPlayer, says: “In a culture obsessed by what’s on our plates, Simon Amstell’s film Carnage imaginatively challenges our attitude towards eating meat, fish and cheese triangles. Prepare to never look at your dinner the same way again.”

Janet Lee, Executive Producer, Arts BBC Studios added: “This has been a great opportunity for BBC Studios to make ground-breaking content for BBC iPlayer and work cross genre – arts, comedy, and drama.”

Carnage follows on from the success of The Rack Pack – BBC iPlayer’s first ever feature film which received over 1 million requests before it was broadcast later on BBC Two – and Adam Curtis’ HyperNormalisation which had over 1 million requests in its first month of availability on BBC iPlayer. It will premiere this Spring.

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