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Sunset Song - 13/4/2013 4:42:21 AM   
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So, I just finish re-reading Sunset Song - yet again - and I nip onto t'internet to see if the 1971 BBC Scotland TV mini-series is knocking about, only to find that there's a film in the offing/in production/awaiting release.

Sunset Song was voted Scotland's favourite Scottish novel in 2005. Nae a work by Stevenson, Scott, McIlvanney, Banks, Rankin, Welsh and what have you. Lewis Grassic Gibbon's ode to the land of the Mearns - enduring through human travails, WWI and mechanisation of agriculture.

Terrence Davies labour of love apparently. Good. Can't be having somebody with no clue making it.

Agyness Deyn in the lead role of Chris Guthrie. An English woman trying to pull off an Aberdeenshire accent... erm, aye, well, might work. Plus, she's about 30. Chris goes from schoolgirl to mid-20s in the book. Supermodel turned actress... eek.

Least they've got Peter Mullan - a Peterheid loon - to play John Guthrie, the dark tempered father of Chris.

Sod all I can find on Empire's site since middle of last year.

Anyone know anything about it?

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RE: Sunset Song - 17/4/2013 2:14:03 PM   
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Right.

Apparently, according to t'internet, the plan was to show it at Cannes this year. Unlike the Grolsch it's not ready yet. Saw a French blog hint at Venice.

Kevin Guthrie appears to be Ewan Tavendale. Chris Guthrie's highlander husband played by an actor called Guthrie. Weird.

Stuart Martin to be Long Rob Duncan of the Mill. Athiest, pacifist, horse-whisperer. The sardonic wit of Kinraddie. Supposed to be tall and have such a 'tache as to resemble a Viking. Martin was in the Black Watch play and according to IMDB he had the role of "messenger" in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. No idea whether he's tall or not.

Anyone know anything?

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RE: Sunset Song - 18/4/2013 2:28:10 PM   
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This brings back memories of sitting reading the book in higher English. It felt like the book would never end. It was a good story right enough, and I'd probably watch a big screen production (when it comes out on dvd).

If memory serves right there are quite a few 'darker' scenes in this, which im not sure would fit into a 12A type film!


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RE: Sunset Song - 18/4/2013 2:47:26 PM   
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I wouldn't be surprise if it didn't go to schedule. Davies is one of my favourite directors, but he doesn't exactly rattle out the old films.

But my heart broke over this when they cast that ridiculous lead - a woman whose sole talent appears to be setting a style appropriated from Clive Owen in Croupier. Did they not see Pusher?



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RE: Sunset Song - 19/4/2013 12:49:46 PM   
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ORIGINAL: primebhoy

If memory serves right there are quite a few 'darker' scenes in this, which im not sure would fit into a 12A type film!



Aye. "Darker" is a fair enough euphemism I s'pose.

Also, the 1971 TV series was the first on the beeb - in Scotland at least - to feature a nude scene.

I agree too with elab49 regarding the casting of Chris. The man Davies seems to have an affection for the book so I can only hope he knows what he's doing. Apparently she did well in some stage play or other.


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