'Days of the Bagnold Summer' cast says film has taken on new meaning in lockdown: 'It's so strangely relevant'

Tom Butler
Senior Editor

Simon Bird’s directorial debut Days of the Bagnold Summer is out this week on digital and to celebrate, we hosted a live Q&A with the Inbetweeners star and the film’s stars Monica Dolan (W1A, Appropriate Adult) and Earl Cave (True History of the Kelly Gang, The End of the F***ing World).

The three of them kindly joined us for a 30 minute chat (watch the full thing here) effortlessly hosted by broadcaster Edith Bowman who grilled the filmmakers with questions from fans. Watch the highlights above.

The film, based on Joff Winterhart’s 2012 graphic novel of the same, sees introverted single mum Sue Bagnold (Dolan) and her awkward heavy metal-loving son Daniel (Cave) forced to spend the summer together after their holiday plans fall apart at the last minute.

With family members cooped up together for an extended period of time, the film’s themes couldn’t be more timely in the time of the coronavirus lockdown, says BAFTA-winner Dolan.

“It’s not that different to what happens to them [in the film],” Dolan explains.

Monica Dolan and Earl Cave in 'Days of the Bagnold Summer'. (Credit: Altitude Films/Rob Baker Ashton)

“They’re thrown together aren’t they? Sue hasn’t got much money. It’s strangely sort of relevant in that they’re very much thrown together, and I guess a lot of people will be in situations that they hoped they wouldn’t be in.”

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“The thing is with these two is they do get something out of it in the end. There’s so much crossover. There are a lot of ways in which they wouldn’t grow if they weren’t thrown together, so I guess you’ve got to think of the gift in it all.”

Edith Bowman, Simon Bird, Monica Dolan and Earl Cave chat Days of the Bagnold Summer. (Yahoo)

“That’s the sequel anyway,” quips Bird. Later on in the video though, the first time director casts doubt on making a second film about the Bagnolds.

“I love the characters, but I think what I loved about the book, and what I love about this, is how small it is. I don’t think I want to... it’s so delicate, I don’t think I’d want to mess around with it.”

Earl Cave in 'Days of the Bagnold Summer'. (Credit: Altitude Films/Rob Baker Ashton)

“I think it’s nice how it ends,” adds Cave, son of rocker Nick Cave. “It ends on: ‘I think they’re going to be OK’. It’s a nice little ending that isn’t definite. They could be fine. I think it’s a beautiful end.”

Elsewhere in the video Earl Cave reveals how his hair got too greasy while making the film, and how a chance aside from the director to the film’s supervisor ended up landing the esteemed Belle & Sebastian for the soundtrack.

Days of the Bagnold Summer is available on digital now. Watch a clip below.