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That Sinking Feeling

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

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

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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