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The Legend of Barney Thomson

The Legend of Barney Thomson
  • 2015
  • UK/Canada
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Robert Carlyle
  • Cast: Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone
  • UK release: 24 July 2015

Barney (Carlyle), a downtrodden Glasgow barber, accidentally stabs his boss Wullie (McCole) to death, and then has to cover up the crime. Carlyle's directorial debut has some decent performances, including his own, but is seriously let down by a garbled, unfunny script, discordant photography and woefully dated gallows humour.

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The Legend of Barney Thomson

17 Jun 20152 stars

EIFF 2015: Robert Carlyle's directorial debut is a disappointing black comedy

Before the opening credits are up, Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut announces itself with a close-up of a severed penis; surreal black comedy is clearly the goal, but the familiar tropes featured in The Legend of Barney Thomson prove…

EIFF 2015 interview: Robert Carlyle – 'Years ago I thought, if I ever direct, Danny Boyle's the guy I'll emulate'

3 Jun 2015

The Legend of Barney Thomson director discusses his debut and casting Emma Thompson as his mother

Setting out his stall in mischievous, blackly comic style, The Legend of Barney Thomson is Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut. This home-grown effort, helmed by an iconic Scottish actor best known for his roles in Trainspotting and Hamish Macbeth, is a…

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