Review: ‘That Sinking Feeling’

The first wholly Scottish feature for many a year proves debuting filmmaker Bill Forsyth has an entertaining touch.

The first wholly Scottish feature for many a year proves debuting filmmaker Bill Forsyth has an entertaining touch.

Forsyth’s screenplay, largely set in the city’s dank demolition areas, plots a motley bunch of unemployed lads, amiably led by Robert Buchanan, who heist a hundred stainless steel sinks in a boisterous bid to embark on an essentially light-hearted life of crime.

The central joke – the absurdity of seeing sinks as likely hot sellers – is hardly strong enough to carry a full-length film. But Forsyth’s incidental observations, and the generally high standard of playing by non-professionals, help to offset the fact that most scenes could be pruned to advantage. Technical credits are remarkable considering the almost invisible production budget.

That Sinking Feeling

UK

Production

Minor Miracle. Director Bill Forsyth; Producer Bill Forsyth; Screenplay Bill Forsyth; Camera Michael Coulter; Editor John Gow; Music Colin Tully; Art Director Adrienne Atkinson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Robert Buchanan John Hughes Billy Greenlees Douglas Sannachan Alan Love John Gordon Sinclair
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