Archive for February, 2011

After the Oscars can a Scot hit pay-dirt in Texas?

Assuming  that The Illusionist doesn’t (sadly) upset the apple-cart with an Oscar win on Sunday (as Producer Bob Last reportedly isn’t), Scotland’s next best hope for a spot of US glory rests on the ever-productive David MacKenzie.  Having done somewhat disappointing business in the US (though much better in France, Russia and Spain and even Mexico and Brazil) with his 2009 studio comedy Spread, MacKenzie and long time producing partner Gillian Berrie and Sigma Films are back this year with two films, the Ewan MacGregor-starring Perfect Sense which premiered at Sundance last month and You Instead, which had its world premiere on home turf in Glasgow last week.  The self-proclaimed ‘punters festival’ being a place to see movies rather than do deals, it was at the film’s Berlin European Film Market screening where,  according to Variety, buyers’ eyes found the latter film pleasing.  Sold to distributors across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, You Instead has its US premiere next month at SXSW, the increasingly high profile film end of the world’s hippest music festival and industry jamboree (though it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!).  Having picked up good crits in the trade press if You Instead appeals to the US distributors gathered in sunny Austin as much as it did in freezing  Berlin, MacKenzie and Berrie may just hit pay-dirt in Texas.

After three weeks NEDS on course to be decade’s third most popular Scottish film.

This weekend Peter Mullan’s third feature, NEDS, which is still on around thirty cinema screens, most of them (23) in Scotland, looks set to cross the £1m threshold at the UK box office, which will make it the third most successful Scottish film of the past decade and in the top ten of all time.  Since 2000 only The Last King of Scotland and Mullan’s own Magdelene Sisters have generated more than £1million at home. Way to go Peter!


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