Nerdy obsessive Chris Morris fans may recognise that from time to time I quote (steal) from Morris’ various projects (Nathan Barley, Day Today, Brasseye, Blue Jam). This is because I think he is way funny. I'm therefore permitting a deviation away from our usual blog topic of S.C.U.M to highlight the fact that Chris Morris has written a new comedy script with the writers of Peep Show about British jihadis, named Four Lions, and you, the general public out in mongland, have the chance to be in it.
Information on the script is scant but Warp Films have sent me this:
”Four Lions is a funny, thrilling fictional story that illuminates modern British jihad with an insight beyond anything else in our culture. It plunges us beyond seeing these young men as unfathomably alien. It undermines the folly of just wishing them away or alienating the entire culture from which they emerge. It understands how terrorism relates to testosterone. It understands jihadis as human beings. And it understands human beings as innately ridiculous. As Spinal Tap understood heavy metal and Dr Strangelove the Cold War, Four Lions understands modern British jihadis.
Terrorist cells have the same group dynamics as stag parties and five a side football teams. There is conflict, friendship, misunderstanding and rivalry. Terrorism is about ideology, but it’s also about berks.”
Pitches to Channel 4 and the BBC have both failed due, one can only imagine, to the Daily Mail controversy that would inevitably follow. In order to fund and release it independently, Warp Films is providing the opportunity to appear in the film at the cost of a £25 donation. Bum.