Aug 22 2011 By James Cracknell
The Inbetweeners Movie was part filmed in Ruislip
A film about four teenagers on a lads' holiday, based on a TV show filmed in Ruislip, has become an unlikely number one hit. Reporter James Cracknell spoke to its co-creator to find out more.
THE Inbetweeners Movie grossed more than £2.5million on its opening night last Wednesday (August 17), surpassing the latest release of James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
It's not a bad return for a film based on a TV show that has only aired 18 episodes on a non-terrestiral channel. But the critically-acclaimed story of four sixth-formers struggling to find their place in school and pull women has clearly resonated with viewers.
Co-creators and writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley decided to end the story with a movie about a trip to Crete - hardly groundbreaking, but by sticking to a winning formula, they seem to have stuck gold again.
Asked how the show came to be filmed in and around Ruislip, Mr Morris told the Gazette: "Basically, we wanted to find a modern suburbia, and when we talked about locations we wanted to find an area that made sense to the characters.
"We looked around the M25 and the nicest-looking school was Ruislip High School. There were only about three year groups there at the time so there were bits of the school which we could shoot in.
"We never say exactly where the boys live but all of these suburban areas are similar and Ruislip looked the part. The shots of the boys at home are filmed in Abbots Langley but we've used various places for filming, including the Black Bull pub in Ruislip and Pinner High Street.
"We will always love Uxbridge because The Chimes stepped in for us with just three days' notice after another shopping centre pulled out."
Mr Morris said that although the film obviously takes the action away from Hillingdon, the cameras they used for shooting it were made by a German firm which has offices in Oxford Road, Uxbridge, from where the equipment is available to rent.
"The ArriFlex cameras we used for the movie are the best in the world. They were far too expensive for the show but for the film we could afford them."
The suburban Southern England setting also plays an important part in the script, with the boys frequently searching out more exciting environments in which to hang out.
But unsuccessful trips, such as clubbing in London, remind the characters they are better off in their more familiar suburban surroundings.
Mr Morris said the embarrassing situations into which the characters always find themselves were "100 per cent based on our own experiences".
He continued: "Getting the chance to make a film about a group of lads going on holiday has been totally brilliant.
"It is about these four idiots going abroad thinking it will be better than home, but wherever you go, you cannot escape yourself or your problems.
"The success we have had with the series has been amazing and we had a great opening day with the film. This is sadly the end of it. Our aim has always just been to make people laugh and I think we have done that.
"We have both lived incredibly embarrassing lives, but thankfully now it has all paid off for us."