Spud 2 trailer goes back to school

2013-04-04 12:41
Cape Town - The debut trailer for Spud 2: The Madness Continues has been released, and sees Spud Milton finally hit puberty as his family life goes off the rails.

The sequel, based on the best-selling novel by John van de Ruit, follows on from the highly successful first film released to high acclaim and box office success in December 2010. Spud 2 sees John 'Spud' Milton return to boarding school and sets off on more misadventures with his closest friends the Crazy 8.

The first Spud film topped the South African box office during the 2010 Christmas holidays, beating out Harry Potter and various other Hollywood blockbusters. It went on to become the sixth biggest performer of all time for a local film at the South African box office.

Rob van Vuuren

Spud 2 looks set to take the international market by storm as well with launches in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Turkey and the Middle East. The first film will be released in the United States and Canada later in 2013.

Reprising their roles in Spud 2 is South African-born Australia based actor Troye Sivan as Spud, British comic legend John Cleese as The Guv, Jason Cope as deranged housemaster Sparerib, Jeremy Crutchley as The Glock, Alex McGregor as Spud's love interest Christine and Tanit Phoenix as sexy drama teacher Eve.

Keen viewers will spot comedian Rob van Vuuren in the trailer, whom co-producer Brad Logan confirmed would be joining the cast for a cameo in July last year.

Donovan Marsh is back on board as both the director and screenwriter of the film. "The vision for the film was to explore this idea in a humourous, yet honest way, in a world of colourful and entertaining characters," he explained.

"I wanted to maintain the 'diary' feel of the book by using voiceover and many visual vignettes – which allow the film to move quickly through time, capturing the feel of a whole year passing."

Spud 2, produced by Rogue Star Films, will be distributed by Nu Metro in South Africa and released in cinemas on 21 June.

Watch the debut Spud 2: The Madness Continues trailer here.