BBC America Sponsors British Comedy Shorts at Atlanta Film Festival

Colin Firth in 'Steve'

No offense, Spike Lee: we all know that the Brits are the true original kings and queens of comedy. On Royal Wedding Friday (April 29), BBC America will celebrate British comedic royalty at the Atlanta Film Festival, sponsoring an evening screening of short films featuring some pretty massive UK stars. (If you’re too bleary-eyed from all of that early-morning royal wedding viewing, a second screening is set for Thursday, May 5 at the festival. See the full schedule and order tickets here.)

The lineup includes Car Park Babylon, a short starring comedian Bill Bailey (who also wrote and directed alongside Joe Magee), and Steve, directed by actor Rupert Friend. That short, which is about a young couple plagued by unwanted visits from a neighbor, stars Friend’s now ex-girlfriend Keira Knightley and a certain recent Academy Award winner named Colin Firth.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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