SCREENWRITER Richard Curtis is to reveal a grittier, more edgy side with a film about the lower middle class.
The creator of Four Weddings and a Funeral says his forthcoming film Kissing in a Corporate Pizza Restaurant is about a girl who falls for a boy from outside West London.
Curtis said: “I’m constantly criticised for focusing on an exclusive social milieu of publishers, architects and Bill Nighy.
“But I can do real, incisive social commentary just as well as Ken Loach and after this film cinemagoers will see the lower middle class as real, three-dimensional people.
“It’s like Kes but with more Superdry jackets.”
Clips from the forthcoming social realist romantic comedy show characters living in cul-de-sacs with faux rural names and going on holiday to Eurocamp.
Curtis said: “I spent a month lodging with a lower middle class family. They had framed photos up the stairs, spent their Saturdays shopping in outlet villages and read thriller novels about kidnapped children.
“Their homes are very warm, almost excessively so, like they’re terrified that if they turn the central heating off they’ll instantly freeze to death.
“It’s time these people had a voice. We’re talking about millions of people whose cars aren’t quite as fancy as they want them to be, and I want the world to understand their angst.”