Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
The moment UK fans have longed for has finally arrived. Chris Colfer’s labour of love, Struck by Lightning, is finally going to grace UK cinema screens with a premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Having debuted at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and then had a limited run in US cinemas and OnDemand, UK fans have been dying to know when they would get a chance to see the Colfer written/star/produced piece.
Directed by Brian Dannelly and featuring an all-star cast (Allison Janney, Rebel Wilson, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland), the film opens with the death of protagonist Carson Phillips (Colfer) death by lightning strike. You’re then taken back to the beginning of Carson’s senior year and follow his journey of attempting to escape the confines of small town Clover, California. Desiring to be “the editor of the New Yorker and the youngest freelance journalist to be published in the New York Times, LA Times and the Chicago Tribune”, Carson discovers that just being the head of the school’s Writers’ Club is not going to be enough to get into his dream university, Northwestern. Inspired by the school’s guidance counsellor, he decides to compile a literary magazine, blackmailing reluctant classmates to contribute. The film is a satirical story of flying the nest that’s supported by a wonderful ensemble, this comical yet moving film mocks the clichéd school life Hollywood often presents.
There will be two screenings of Struck by Lightning at Cineworld: the first on Friday 28 June at 6.10pm and the second on Sunday 30th June at 3.05pm. Tickets are £6 (concession £5). Tickets go on general release 10am Monday 3 June. Information on getting tickets can be found here.
There are currently no plans for Colfer to be present for either screening. There has also been no mention about a wider UK release. The film is now available on DVD in North America.
You can check out the film’s trailer below:
The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 19-30 June. More information about the Festival can be found at their website.