Reggie Yates filming new comedy Pirates

Thursday 27th February 2020, 4:35pm

  • Reggie Yates is now shooting comedy Pirates
  • It is the presenter & award-winning documentary maker's first feature film
  • The story is set across London on New Year's Eve 1999
Reggie Yates. Copyright: BBC.

Reggie Yates is now making his first feature film, Pirates.

The TV and radio presenter has previously made a number of shorts, but this week has embarked on his feature directorial debut.

Also written by Yates, the comedy focuses on a trio of friends, newly 18, who are on the hunt for tickets to the best Millennium party London has to offer, on New Year's Eve 1999.

Described as a "love letter to London", Yates's home city, the movie - from Hillbilly Films and described as "an exuberant comedy" - is set to a soundtrack of "the biggest UK garage hits of the 90s".

Producers tease: "New Year's Eve 1999. Cappo, Two Tonne and Kid drive through London in their tiny Peugeot 205, pumping a live garage set from the stereo and arguing about their Avirex jackets and Naf Naf imports. As the eighteen-year olds step into adulthood they know their lives and friendships are on the brink of change. Determined to end the century on a bang they drive from place to place in a desperate search for tickets for the best millennium party EVER. In their efforts to end up somewhere, they end up closer together."

Elliot Edusah, recently seen in award-winning war feature 1917, stars as Cappo; Jordan Peters as Two Tonne; and Reda Elazouar plays Kid.

Shiloh Coke and Man Like Mobeen's Guz Khan are also reportedly taking roles in the feature.

Reggie Yates says: "Not only is this feature film an exciting new direction for me personally but I am thrilled to be able to tell a positive story about London, the city I was born, live in and love. This film will explore the London I knew growing up and we are very lucky to have some extremely talented up and coming actors to tell this 90s-detail-heavy story. It will also make you laugh. A lot."

Produced by Polly Leys and Kate Norrish, Pirates was developed with BBC Films and is financed by BBC Films and the BFI, in association with Magellanic Media Limited.

A release date for the film has yet to be set.

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