That Sinking Feeling
|That Sinking Feeling|
|Directed by||Bill Forsyth|
|Produced by||Bill Forsyth|
|Written by||Bill Forsyth|
|Starring||John Gordon Sinclair
|Music by||Colin Tully|
|Editing by||John Gow|
|Release dates||United Kingdom
February 15, 1984
|Running time||93 min|
That Sinking Feeling is a 1980 comedy film written and directed by Bill Forsyth, his first film as a director. The film is set in his home city, Glasgow, Scotland. The young actors in film were members of the Glasgow Youth Theatre. The film also features Richard Demarco, the Edinburgh gallery owner, playing himself. The four main actors went on to feature in Forsyth's following film Gregory's Girl.
Ronnie (Robert Buchanan), Wal (Billy Greenlees), Andy (John Gordon Sinclair) and Vic (John Hughes) are four bored, unemployed teenagers from Glasgow. One day Ronnie comes up with the idea of stealing stainless steel sinks from a warehouse and selling them. Their plan involves dressing up as girls and using a chemical 'stop-motion' potion.
Filming took place on location around the city of Glasgow; scenes featured locations such as Kelvingrove Park, Dennistoun, Springburn and Bishopbriggs railway stations, Cowcaddens, Sighthill and the Butney in Maryhill.
The film was released in the USA four years after the UK, following the success of Gregory's Girl and Local Hero. For the American market, (MGM) the soundtrack was re-dubbed using more mainstream accents. The MGM version cost more to re-dub than the entire budget for the film itself.
In September 2009, a restored copy of the film was re-released on DVD by 2 Entertain. This has generated controversy however due to the use of the re-dubbed soundtrack, which had the effect of impinging upon the delivery of the dialogue and character of the film.
- Jane Graham (9 October 2009). "That Sinking Feeling: The heist that stole an accent". guardian.co.uk.