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Robert Carlyle’s The Legend of Barney Thomson to open the Edinburgh International Film Festival

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival have announced that the opening gala for this year will be the world premiere of The Legend of Barney Thomson. The film directed by Honourary Patron Robert Carlyle will receive its world premiere on Wednesday 17 June 2015 at Festival Theatre Edinburgh with stars and filmmakers in attendance.

The Legend of Barney Thomson is a darkly-humourous, Glasgow-set thriller that tells the story of awkward barber Barney, who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder. Complicating matters, Barney’s mother has a secret of her own, setting off a bloody chain of events. While Barney tries to cover their tracks, local police inspector Holdall fights his own battles within his inept homicide department as he tries to solve the crime of the century. A black comedy of errors unfolds as the police try to capture the murderer at large.

The film stars director Carlyle as Barney Thomson, alongside a remarkably transformed Emma Thompson as his mother, Cemolina, and Ray Winstone as Inspector Holdall. The film’s extraordinary cast also includes Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, Brian Pettifer, Kevin Guthrie, James Cosmo, Stephen McCole and Samuel Robertson. The film’s screenplay is by Colin McLaren and Richard Cowan.

Carlyle said: “After a career-long association with EIFF, it gives me enormous pleasure to have The Legend of Barney Thomson chosen as Opening Night Film. It really is such an honour for me to have my first feature as director premiered here in Edinburgh at the Festival that has played such a huge part in my life.”

Mark Adams, the new Artistic Director of EIFF said: “We are thrilled to be opening this year’s Festival with Robert Carlyle’s wonderful black comedy. It is a marvellously macabre and playful film, impressively directed and with a terrific cast. It is the perfect film to kick off what promises to be an exciting festival.”

The Legend of Barney Thomson will be released in cinemas later this Summer.