Exclusive news of a brand new documentary that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first release of the classic On the Buses films produced by Hammer Films.
The first film, On the Buses was released in 1971, Mutiny on the Buses appeared in 1972 and Holiday on the Buses was released in 1973. The films, like the TV series, starred Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Anna Karen, Doris Hare and Michael Robbins.
Richard Edwards, the film’s producer and director said, “I’m really delighted to be working on a new documentary that celebrates the 50th anniversary of this classic film series. The On the Buses films are still hugely popular and are shown regularly on TV, not just in the UK, but around the world. And what’s particularly amazing is that they’re not just enjoyed by those who remember them the first time round, but now by newer, younger audiences, who are discovering them for the first time.”
The documentary is now in production and we’re busy recording new interviews for the film, speaking to former cast and crew, as well as revisiting a number of the original locations for the films.
Courtesy of Morris Bright MBE, we’re tapping also into archive interviews with the writers of the TV series and the films, Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe, cast members Reg Varney, Anna Karen and Stephen Lewis, as well as Hammer Films’ production supervisor, Roy Skeggs.
The release date is to be announced, but we’re currently targeting a release at the end of August 2021.
The film will be available to rent or buy through various digital channels. We’re working on plans for a number of live screenings and also exploring options for a possible DVD release.
As the project comes together we’ll be providing updates through our website, YouTube channel and social media. Look out for more news and updates in the coming weeks.