What could easily be the surprise hit of the summer arrives in the UK this week. The word has been spreading about Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick since its debut at Sundance in Utah at the start of the year and the fans turned out in force for its screening at London Sundance last month.
An unconventional rom-com which takes cultural differences and serious illness in its stride, the film is based on the true story of how stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani met his now wife, Emily Gordon. They both wrote the screenplay and the film also stars Kumail as himself, with Zoe Kazan as Emily.
Director Michael Showalter talked to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about how the film made it to the big screen, casting a Bollywood superstar and his personal taste in comedy movies. And he even included a quick rendition of the chorus from a song in a certain Mel Brooks film!
The Big Sick is released in UK cinemas on Friday, July 28th. Read our review here.