Alexander Skarsgard’s “Beyond the Pole” Wins Best Comedy

April 30, 2010 by  

True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard is guest starring in “Beyond the Pole” which is a small independent film directed by David Williams, but it is taking over the film festival circuit!

It started for Williams as a Facebook effort, and now the fan page for the movie has nearly 5,000 fans.  The movie was recently shown at the London Independent Film Festival where it won Best Comedy. So far the film has racked up eight awards at various film festivals throughout Europe and America. Williams had this to say about the film and its success:

“It’s so rare for British comedies to win over fans and critics but ‘Beyond the Pole’ seems to be doing just that. Critics have compared it to a cross between ‘The Office’ and ‘Touching the Void,’ which is very flattering, but in all honesty I don’t think there’s been a film like it. It’s funny, moving, very dark in places and the performances from the actors are career bests. I think the industry is gradually waking up to the fact that they’ve got a genuinely independent feature here that is funny and to be cherished and I really hope the actors get the credit they deserve when BAFTA season comes round!”

Besides Alexander Skarsgard, the film also stars Stephen Mangan, Rhys Thomas and Helen Baxendale, who is also the executive producer of the film.

“Beyond the Pole” will be screened next at the Los Angeles United Film Festival on May 1 at 7 pm. Williams will also be at the event to answer questions for the screening.  If you would like to purchase tickets for this event you can do that here.

(Photo Credits: David Williams)
Edited by: April Lollar