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TTN: “The Inbetweeners” was a comedy TV show that followed the lives of sad school-age British boy-cretins on adventures in search of girls and parties around dreary London suburbs. After the first movie, set in Ibiza, was a surprise hit, their second movie, which follows the boys’ adventures around Australia, has had the highest-grossing opening week in the UK for a British comedy… ever. Writer/ Director Iain Thomas credits his time spent as an exchange student in Queensland as the inspiration for the movie.

The Inbetweeners 2 becomes UK’s biggest film hit of 2014

From bbc.com.au, 11th August 2014

The Inbetweeners 2 has scored the biggest box office opening of the year so far, taking £12.5m at UK and Irish cinemas since its release on Wednesday.

That includes the £2.7m it earned on its opening night, a first-night record for a comedy film.

But the film failed to beat the takings of the first Inbetweeners movie, which opened with £13.2m in 2011.

The sequel follows the exploits of friends Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they reunite in Australia.

(story continues on subject of the northern hemisphere’s other Summer 2014 movie releases.)

Still living the gap year dream! The Inbetweeners stars climb Queensland’s SkyPoint as they promote the sequel in Australia where the movie was filmed

From the DailyMail.co.uk, 13th August 2014

The Inbetweeners 2 has already been a huge box office hit in the UK.

And as Blake Harrison, 29, Joe Thomas, 28, James Buckley, 26 and Simon Bird, 29, filmed the second offering, in Australia, the famous foursome went to extraordinary lengths and heights to promote the film Down Under.

The new film sees former school friends Will, Simon and Neil heading to meet Jay, who is on his gap year in Australia. 

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Top: Dizzy height: The Inbetweeners 2 movie is already making big waves in the UK box office

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Below: The four filmstars (L-R) Simon Bird, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas and James Buckley had a good laugh during the shoot.

Wearing grey matching jumpsuits the actors braved the Australian SkyPoint Climb in Surfers Paradise, Queensland in Monday.

While they looked calm during some stages of the climb, as they got higher the dramatic faces which fans are used to seeing on the TV shows and the first smash hit film, soon came out.

At some points during the climb the lads did look genuinely concerned.

Vertigo? It was a long way up!

Vertigo? It was a long way up!

Facing the fear: Joe looks slightly worried as he took a peak over the edge

With it already scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year at the UK box office,  the lads will be hoping for a similar success in Australia.

The movie raked in £12.5 million as cinema-goers flocked to catch up on the hilarious antics of the adorable Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they headed to Australia for a trip of a lifetime.

But it was down on the £13.2 million taken over that period when their first silver screen escapade was released in 2011, to achieve the best-ever opening for a British comedy.

Bracing himself: James was making sure he took each step carefully

It went on to take in excess of £45 million at the UK box office that year.

The sequel took £2.7 million during its first day of release last week, reckoned to be the biggest ever opening day for a comedy at the UK box office.

Last week the stars of the comedy confirmed at the London premiere they doubted there would be another flick.

New movie: The sequel took £2.7 million during its first day of release last week

New movie: The sequel took £2.7 million during its first day of release last week

Simon, who plays Will, said: ‘Once you see the film you’ll see it feels like they’ve all moved on with their lives, so unfortunately this is it. It’s a great way of saying goodbye.’

However Thomas said: ‘We do feel quite at home in this show. When we get back together, there’s quite a lot of infant regression going on. So maybe we haven’t outgrown it, but we should have.’

The movie follows the four boys as they backpack around Australia and comes after the first film saw the teenagers go on a dipterous holiday to Crete at the end of their final school year.

No hands: The boys like to mess around on and off set

James, who plays compulsive liar Jay, told Sky News there was huge demand for a second film.

‘Every day, people were coming up to me and tweeting me “please do another film”. If it wasn’t for the fans, this film wouldn’t have been made,’ he said.

Speaking in London’s Leicester Square, Blake said of their character’s crude sense of humour:

‘From day one, [the producers] set up an atmosphere whereby if something is funny, it’s OK to do.’

‘I don’t think we’re individually the characters we play on set but what I think we do is we regress into the kind of childish, puerile humour that the characters have.’

Last film: Despite demand for another film some of the actors say this will be the last movie

Last film: Despite demand for another film some of the actors say this will be the last movie

 

Proud: Simon looked pleased with how they were doing on the climb

Proud: Simon looked pleased with how they were doing on the climb

Pleased to get down! They held on tightly and looked relieved to be making their way off the climb in Surfer's Paradise, Australia

Pleased to get down! They held on tightly and looked relieved to be making their way off the climb in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia

From news.com.au, 17th January 2014

The Inbetweeners farewell Australia, say we’re a credit to Britain’s convict policy

IT’S not the last time this summer that a team of embarrassing Englishmen will leave our shores to the sound of laughter, but unlike their five-nil Ashes-losing cricket team, English comedy favourites The Inbetweeners said goodbye yesterday with (some of) their dignity intact.

The team behind the cult TV comedy about four awkward teenagers – who always manage to end up in trouble of the vomiting, swearing and naked kind – have been shooting their second film, The Inbetweeners Movie 2, in Australia since early December.

The shoot began at the Gold Coast’s Wet’n’Wild water park, then moved to Byron Bay and the South Australian outback town of Maree (where writer-directors Iain Morris and Damon Beesley hit a kangaroo during an ill-advised location-scouting drive at night), before wrapping in Sydney.

During their Sydney downtime, which included taking in a game of T20 at the SCG, cast members Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison were stopped for photographs by locals and tourists alike.

They spent their last night in the country filming until the early hours in the heart of Circular Quay, with the Opera House and a full moon as their backdrop.

The Inbetweeners's first stop in Australia was the Wet'n'Wild water park ...

The Inbetweeners’s first stop in Australia was the Wet’n’Wild water park on the Gold Coast. Source: Supplied

Posting a departing message on their Facebook page, The Inbetweeners declared this former British colony had proven to be “genuinely a credit to our much maligned convict policy”.

While Australia was a new frontier for most of the team, Thomas admits to some youthful misadventures during a gap year spent in Perth.

And writer-director Morris’s time as an exchange student in Queensland served as inspiration for this Down Under addition to the Inbetweeners franchise.

The first Inbetweeners Movie was a surprise hit in Australia in 2011, grossing $9.2 million. In its native UK, it grossed a runaway $83 million to become the highest-grossing British comedy of all time.

The production will now return to the UK to shoot some final scenes before a tight turnaround: The Inbetweeners Movie 2 is scheduled to be released in the UK on August 6 and Australia on August 21. Plans are already afoot to have the team return for an Aussie premiere.

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