Diet Coke has a long history of working with fashion designers and icons, and this year is no different! As part of the brand's partnership with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie they've released limited edition Ab Fab Diet Coke alu-bottles decorated with Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy's (Joanna Lumley) faces. Find out what the film's director Mandie Fletcher thinks of them, and get her take on the movie...

1. What was your initial reaction when you read the script?

You think we received a script do you? We're talking Jennifer here! You get a few ideas bumbled together and then the script evolves.

2. Which cast members were you most excited to work with?

Well there were a lot of cast members I was very excited to work with. I think Jon Hamm and Rebel Wilson probably take the ticket there - and they both didn't disappoint.

3. What’s the funniest memory you have from making the film?

One of the funniest memories was putting Kate Moss in the Thames to come out with a champagne glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Then I felt we were on the right track!

4. What was one of the biggest challenges?

I always felt the biggest challenge was the expectation. From the word go as soon as people knew we were making this film, the excitement started to build and it was managing the expectation. But honestly they really needed a bigger canvas, from television, and to be honest I think they did really well.

5. Which scene did you enjoy filming the most?

The scene that I loved more than anything was the day we were at the Vauxhall Tavern with 60 drag artists. It was an out-of-body-experience. I've never seen anything like it. We started filming at 8am and some of them had been up since four in the morning to get ready for us. And they were with me the whole way, no one got tired, no one got crotchety and we had the most glorious day.

6. Which character from the film do you identify with most?

Sadly I think Eddy. I really do, I do feel we're all a bit like Eddy, we all get it slightly wrong, you know, you're always making that trip, that fall, that mess up. She just does it rather brilliantly.

7. What inspired you to work in the film industry?

I started off in the theatre and I just loved it. I think what I like about it is your sexuality doesn't count, your religion, your colour, your age, your education. Everyone, if they’re good enough, can work in it, and I think that's a marvellous place to be.

8. What advice do you have for aspiring film directors?

I'd just go ahead and do it, go and find yourself a job as a runner, just keep doing it and keep smiling. Even though it's late the runners on our film were fantastic, they'd be there at 5 in the morning and they'd leave at 11 o'clock at night and they never stopped smiling.

9. How would you direct Eddy and Patsy’s perfect Diet Coke break?

I sort of think we did it in the film with the advert. Isn't it, it's perfect because that's the life they want, they want that glamorous life, and Coke is glamorous and they're glamorous.

10. What do you think of the Ab Fab Diet Coke bottles?

Well I've just seen one for the first time. Isn't that gorgeous, I mean it's so cool, we love it.

11. What’s the difference between directing for film and TV?

You have more money so you're able to make it bigger. It's just about scale, it's just up the scale and it's something that I thought was very important that we took them out of television and we put them on a broader canvas, and because of the nature of PR, and the glitz and the glamour and the bling, I think we had a lot to work with.

12. How has the industry changed since you first started out?

Funnily enough it's not changed as much as I thought it would. I was the only woman when I first started and there really aren't a lot now. But it's a funny thing comedy because I'm always looking for the laugh, I don't see the politics of it in a way. But having made the film and sat back from it, I think it's extraordinary that you've got two late middle-aged women who aren't someone's wife, who aren't a doctor, aren't a lawyer, behaving badly, and that people want to see that, that's a good thing.

13. Who were the biggest divas: Patsy & Edina or the drag queens?

Well it's Patsy and Edina isn't it? They won't do anything unless you give them a glass of champagne.

14. Did you find yourself taking direction from any of the stars?

Oh, always fully in control. Not a pushover and it's not called friends business, it's called show business so let's get on with it.

15. Is there anything you had to cut from the film?

Funnily enough, comedy. You just shoot an awful lot to make sure you get the thing that's right. And everything goes from the movie for a reason, and I never ever miss what I've lost.

16. Will there be a sequel?

I would say let’s see how this one goes first before we start thinking about anything else, but I don't see why not, I mean, how about the Caribbean this time?

Read more about Ab Fab: The Movie in our interview with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley