Starring: Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild, Adam Robertson and Hugh Bonneville
Third Star was the first film we made at WEP. For that reason it was always going to be special. It proved to be in so many ways that we could never have imagined.
After premiering as the closing Night Gala film of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the summer of 2010, we released theatrically in the UK in 2011. From that moment the strength of the passionate support that existed from the fans of the film seemed to take over. And we were astounded.
Due to fan demand it was held over at the Empire Leicester Square, then rolled out regionally in the UK and also played at over 40 screens – from NYC to New Orleans – in the USA as part of the “From Britain with Love” program. In many cases it was booked thanks to fans who lobbied their local cinemas to show the film.
Since then the film has released in Japan, Germany, France, Taiwan and South Korea. We have partnered with Colony, a new VOD platform to package up new assets from the film to feed the loyal fanbase.
The film has inspired a Japanese novel, iPhone covers, cupcakes, fan art, fan fiction and its own blend of tea, not to mention an incredible collection of tattoos! It’s been quite a journey and we’re STILL excited to discover what will be next for our first WEP Production.
“A huge, sweeping film with a knockout central performance from Benedict Cumberbatch” Kate Muir, The Times
“With a vibrant, witty and insightful script by Vaughan Sivell, and a quartet of excellent lead performances from the UK’s finest young actors, this is a moving, pertinent and unpredictable film, and a fantastic showcase of new and promising British film talent.”
“Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a powerfully emotional British drama with superb performances from all four leads”
“The relationship between the four men is fractious, funny and genuinely convincing, thanks to an assured script from Vaughan Silvell and great performances from the four leads.”