AMC UK will premiere its feature-length doc An Accidental Studio, about the groundbreaking British indie studio HandMade Films, this May.
The doc, AMC UK’s first original production, charts the creation and rise of HandMade, with never-before-seen interviews with key filmmakers and actors, as well as the studio’s founder and former Beatle George Harrison.
Harrison, a Monty Python fan, personally financed the making of the comedy troup’s Life of Brian when funding from EMI Films fell through in 1975. After that film’s success, he founded HandMade, which would go on to produce longshot films with few funding prospects. Major titles include The Long Good Friday, A Private Function, Mona Lisa and cult classics Time Bandits and Withnail & I (pictured).
Interviewees featured in the film include Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Neil Jordan, Bob Hoskins, Bruce Robinson, Ray Cooper, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Cathy Tyson, Brenda Vaccaro, A Martinez, Richard Loncraine and Jonathan Lynn.
Ben Timlett and Bill Jones, of Bill & Ben Productions, and Kim Leggatt, for AMC Networks International, serve as co-directors and co-producers. EVP of programming and operations at AMC/SundanceTV Global Harold Gronenthal, Bruce Kenyon and DCD Rights CEO Nicky Davies Williams serve as executive producers. Outside of the AMC territories, DCD Rights distributes the film in the U.S. and internationally.
An Accidental Studio premieres May 4 at 9 p.m. on AMC, exclusively for BT customers. AMC is available in the UK for free to customers of communications service provider BT.
The film will also be available on demand on BT TV and will premiere on all AMC channels internationally later this year.
“HandMade Films created some of Britain’s most iconic films and gave a global platform to artists who continue to have a strong impact on popular culture today,” said Gronenthal in a statement. “This new documentary is AMC UK’s first original production, and we’re excited to partner with BT, Bill & Ben Productions, Propellor Films and DCD Rights to showcase the important legacy of HandMade Films with AMC’s audiences internationally.”
Watch the trailer below: