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Friday, 17 May, 2002, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Fry to direct his first feature film
Stephen Fry
Fry recently hosted the Bafta Film Awards
Stephen Fry is to write and direct a feature film for FilmFour, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel Vile Bodies.

The actor, comedian and author has already secured Dame Judi Dench and Peter O'Toole for the project.

Bright Young Things will be the first feature film Fry has directed, although he has directed comedy for TV, such as 1988's Hysteria! show.

Evelyn Waugh
Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies was a sharp satire
Taking its cue from the cynical observations of Evelyn Waugh's 1930 novel, the film promises a comic look at the hedonistic lives at the centre of the Mayfair social scene in 1930's London.

A rich, young aristocrat and her boyfriend are at the heart of a group of friends - the "It" girls and boys of 1930s London.

Wild, louche and shocking to the older generation, they seem one by one to self-destruct, to crash and burn in their endless search for newer and faster sensations.

'Celebrity culture'

Their world is that of the wild, party-loving creatures who became known to the press of the time as the Bright Young Things.

Stephen Fry
Fry was a regular in the Blackadder series
Paul Webster, chief executive of FilmFour, said: "There are huge similarities between the hedonistic celebrity culture of Bright Young Things and now.

"Stephen is the perfect person to intelligently and commercially illustrate the parallels.

"It is a film about yesterday made for today's audience".

Fry said he was "delighted" to be making the film: "With luck, judgement and of course money, we will make something marvelous together."

Fry's film appearances range from Gosford Park to Thunderpants and his TV credits include Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

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