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Gregory's Girl

Gregory's Girl
  • 1981
  • UK
  • 91 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Forsyth
  • Written by: Bill Forsyth
  • Cast: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Clare Grogan

Winning comedy from Cumbernauld with Sinclair eventually finding romance after his heart is set aflame by the latest recruit to the school football team. This is a seminal piece of Scottish cinema, its universal appeal demonstrating that homegrown talent can compete with Hollywood's finest in the entertainment stakes.

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GREGORY’S GIRL Sun 20 March, 13:00 Gregory’s Girl is one of the most beloved Scottish film ever made. Writer-director Bill Forsyth (Local Hero, Comfort and Joy) beautifully portrays teenage awkwardness and optimism in a film that captures new town life like no other. Forsyth achieved a tender rapport with the youthful ensemble cast led by John Gordon Sinclair, Clare Grogan and Dee Hepburn: the entire cast sparkles amidst Cumbernauld’s concrete architecture, the Cumby Fields and on the red ash football pitch. “The film was about adolescence and about being young and the pains of growing. I thought to myself, why don’t we set the film in an adolescent town? I remember saying to someone, ‘Even the trees in Cumbernauld are teenagers so everything fits.’” – Bill Forsyth. Dir: Bill Forsyth UK 1981 / 1h31m / 12A

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Interview: Bill Forsyth, director of Gregory's Girl, Local Hero and That Sinking Feeling

24 Apr 2014

The acclaimed Scottish director discusses the guerrilla tactics that formed his career

‘Youth required for film production company,’ was the advert which would shape the course of the young Bill Forsyth’s life. In his final year of school and feeling decidedly unmotivated about the world of work awaiting him in post-war Glasgow, the…

Q&A: Arab Strap singer Aidan Moffat chats to Gregory's Girl's Colin Tully

29 Jun 2012

The 2012 SAY award winner talks to saxman and composer of Glasgow's cult 80s classic before one-off

Aidan Moffat: How did you come to work with Bill Forsyth? I know you worked on his first film, That Sinking Feeling – had you known each other beforehand? Colin Tully: Can't say I knew Bill well before That Sinking Feeling. His…

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