‘Friday Night Dinner’ Director Steve Bendelack Behind Rock Comedy Pic ‘Heavenly Waters’

EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA-nominated Friday Night Dinner director Steve Bendelack is helming a comedy movie about an ageing rock band who reunites.

Bill & Ben Productions and Night Tide Films are combining on Heavenly Waters, which will shoot in Greece later this year.

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Heavenly Waters tells the story of a rock band who, after an acrimonious split in the 1970s, agree to come together in Greece to scatter the ashes of their biggest fan, but things don’t go according to plan.

The pic is the writing debut of producer Kim Leggatt (The Veteran, Eichmann) and actor David Schaal (The Office, The Inbetweeners and Bermondsey Tales). 

Bendelack is a two-time BAFTA nominee who was nominated in 2012 for Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner. He has also helmed a wealth of iconic British comedies including Spitting Image, Little Britain, The Royle Family and Mr Bean’s Holiday.

Heavenly Waters reunites Leggatt with producers Ben Timlett and Bill Jones. The trio last collaborated on the feature documentary An Accidental Studio, which told the story of George Harrison when he turned movie producer, setting up HandMade Films with comedy troupe Monty Python.

Casting for Heavenly Waters is about to commence, with the producers planning to release the film theatrically in 2025.

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