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Fast Romance Wins BAFTA in Scotland Cineworld Audience Award: 2011

14 October 2011

Fast Romance was voted the by the public to win the BAFTA in Scotland Cineworld Audience Award for best Scottish Film.

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Running time: 97 mins

Director: Carter Ferguson

Starring: William Ruane, Derek Munn, Jo Freer, Lawrence Crawford, Michael Howell, Lesley Hart, Lynne McKelvey, Juliet Cadzow, Bryan Larkin

Seven very different people go looking for love in this Glaswegian romantic comedy set in the world of speed dating.

After desperate Nadine (Jo Freer) endures yet another disastrous first date, her sisters decide to put Plan B into action and sign her up for a local speed dating service. Naturally, Nadine enlists her two best friends to come along to keep her company. Fiona (Lynne McKelvey) is stuck in an awful job with a monstrous boss and lacks the confidence to enter the dating scene. Lorna (Lesley Hart) appears to have it all and is due to get married in a month's time. Across Glasgow, 'Gordy' (William Ruane) also signs up, because he's fallen for Nadine. Unfortunately for him, his boss Kenny (Derek Munn) has been railroaded into going along with him. Cop-on-a-mission Andrew (Lawrence Crawford) has to be there for professional reasons. And Elliott (Michael Howell) is going along in the hope of finding inspiration for his 'great' romantic novel...

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The Illusionist

Running time: 79 mins

Director: Sylvain Chomet

Starring: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin

The city of Edinburgh becomes the star of this beautiful new animated film from the director of 'Belleville Rendez-Vous'.

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Donkeys

Running time: 78 mins

Director: Morag McKinnon

Starring: James Cosmo, Brian Pettifer, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie, Natalie Press

Acclaimed Scottish comedy-drama about one man's attempt to reunite his estranged family.

After a string of disastrous relationships, sixty-something Alfred (James Cosmo) has an estranged lover, a daughter, a granddaughter and an illegitimate son. The only person who has not grown tired of his wildly eccentric, self-centred approach to life is long-suffering pal Brian (Brian Pettifer). Alfred now plans to take his buddy to Spain to eat fry-ups and sip cocktails as the sun goes down on their lives. First, though, there is the small matter of making everything "nicey-nicey" before they hit the beach. Alfred's attempts to set the record straight are well-meaning but ultimately futile. And when his life starts to unravel, he has to act fast to achieve his goal of bringing his family back together. Funny, charming and touching, with a superb performance from legendary Scottish actor James Cosmo, 'Donkeys' received a rapturous reception at the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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NEDS

Running time: 124 mins

Director: Peter Mullan

Starring: Conor McCarron, Martin Bell, Linda Cuthbert

Director Peter Mullan's shocking account of life on the streets of Glasgow in the early 1970s.

John McGill (Connor McCarron) starts secondary school. He's bright and gifted, but things are against him. His father (played by Mullan himself) is a violent drunk and his elder brother is a notorious gang leader. With his teachers unwilling to give him a chance before he's even started, John sees all the authority figures in his life dismiss any possibility of him charting his own course. He fights back and falls in with the NEDs - Non-Educational Delinquents - violent gangs who roam the rough Glasgow streets. Feeling so much anger at those around him, John takes to this violent life with alarming ease - but will he ever have a chance at redemption? Mullan guarantees the film's authenticity by working with non-professional actors who embody rather than play their characters.

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Outcast

Running time: 98 mins

Director: Colm McCarthy

Starring: Therese Bradley, Kate Dickie & Niall Bruton

Mary (Dickie) has fled Ireland with her 15-year-old son Fergal (Bruton) and settled in a squalid Edinburgh housing estate, where she immediately starts scrawling protection spells on the walls in her own blood. And there's good reason, as the shady Cathal (Nesbitt) is hot on her trail, travelling with his brother Liam (McMenamin) under orders to "kill the boy". Despite this, Fergal tries to be a normal teen and spark a romance with his new neighbour Petronella (Stanbridge). But there's a beast on the loose and, quite literally, hell to pay.

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Perfect Sense

Running time: 88 mins

Director: David Mackenzie

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane

A haunting sci-fi love story starring Ewan McGregor and former Bond Girl Eva Green.

Susan (Eva Green) is a scientist who's been burned in a couple of bad relationships. Today, she devotes herself to her work, which aims to solve some of life's big questions, shutting herself off from the possibility of love. Michael (Ewan McGregor) is a talented, hedonistic chef who works with his joker pal James (Ewen Bremner). When Susan and Michael meet by chance, sparks quickly start to fly. But by a cruel twist of fate, something strange starts to happen. A mysterious global epidemic is affecting human feelings just as the couple's love is deepening. Re-teaming with 'Young Adam' star Ewan McGregor, Scottish director David Mackenzie delivers a science fiction story with a beating heart. Powerful performances by McGregor and Eva Green, best known for her role in 'Casino Royale', ratchet up the film's emotional intensity. Hide
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You, Instead

Running time: 80 mins

Director: David Mackenzie

Starring: Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Alastair Mackenzie, Sophie Wu, Ruta Gedmintas

A rock'n'roll love story set amid the thrills and spills of Scotland's T in the Park festival.

Adam (Luke Treadaway) is the lead singer in US electro-pop duo The Make. Morello (Natalia Tena) is the feisty frontwoman for British Riot Girl band The Dirty Pink's. Naturally, they loathe one another. But somehow they manage to get themselves handcuffed together before having to play to thousands of fans. Rarely have warring music tribes been forced to get along quite so dramatically! To complicate matters further, Morello is stuck with a dull banker boyfriend (Alastair Mackenzie) while Adam is tiring of his supermodel girlfriend...

The film was shot guerilla-style over five days at last year's T in The Park, with director David Mackenzie demanding authenticity from his cast. Luke Treadaway previously played a musician in 'Brothers of the Head', while charismatic Natalia Tena (familiar to Harry Potter fans as Nymphadora Tonks) fronts her own band - Molotov Jukebox

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