Indie comedy 8 Minutes Idle out soon on BFI Player

British romcom 8 Minutes Idle will see simultaneous Valentine’s Day release in cinemas and on the BFI Player.


8 Minutes Idle (2014) trailer

British indie romcom 8 Minutes Idle will be available on demand on the BFI Player from Valentine’s Day, 14 February, the same day that it hits cinemas.

Adapted from an award-winning novel by Bristol author Matt Thorne, it’s the story an idle early-twentysomething who finds his life spiralling out of control after his mother throws him out of his family home.

“This film needed to be made because it captures a moment in time that we all go through,” says debut director Mark Simon Hewis, “but right now the film has a unique chance to reach an audience and society when these issues have never been more pertinent to a recent generation. Our characters want the same as we all wanted at this age, but young Britons are beginning to realise that they can’t live on maxed‐out credit cards and a service economy built of hot air.”

The release is the triumphant end to the film’s journey to the screen, which faltered after the demise of its original distributor, Revolver Entertainment. Not to be deterred, the producers launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise £20,000 to help secure a theatrical release. With backers including Stephen Merchant, Peter Lord, Dom Joly and bestselling authors Jenny Colgan and Liz Jenson, the target was hit after just two weeks and six days.

Backed by the BFI, BBC Films and Creative England, 8 Minutes Idle is Hewis’s debut feature as director.

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