In Search of La Che
|In Search of La Che|
|Directed by||Mark D. Ferguson|
|Written by||Andy S. McEwan
Mark D. Ferguson
|Starring||Duncan Airlie James
|Music by||Paul Massie|
|Edited by||Chris Quick|
In Search of La Che follows he journey of hardcore music fan John Tavish (Played by Duncan Airlie James) on his quest to find out the circumstances behind the disappearance of Scotland most famous (fictional) son of rock and roll, Roxy La Che.
Searching the internet, John finds that Roxy's life hasn't been very well documented and comes across very little other than an unofficial fan page for the rock star. The owner of the site, Larry, agrees to meet with John but his mental instability becomes visibly clear during the interview and John decides to make a quick exit after obtaining the information he needed. John tracks down Archie Murno, a pub landlord who gave Roxy his first taste of music fame when he persuaded him to take part in a karaoke night. Archie gives John a history of Roxy's troubled upbringing on Pishi Island where the local economy was decimated by the actions of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Without adequate means to make a living on the island, Roxy move to Glasgow and managed to transform his life through his love for music. During the interview, John discovers for the first time that Roxy was in fact signed by two record companies instead of one. The first record label was run by Hector 'Blitzkrieg' Wallace who was a Nazi sympathiser and forced Roxy to sing songs about hatred. Roxy's time with Blitzkrieg was brief as he later jumped ship to Met Records run by Gary Pringle.
After speaking with both of Roxy's managers, John is made aware of Roxy's various battles with depression which often lead to long stays at rehabilitation units. Moving from sofa to sofa, Roxy's last known appearance was with his old roadie friend Shimmy Quiffer. Shimmy explains to John that he had been staying with him for six months during the early 1990s but upon returning home one day, Roxy was packed up ready to go but couldn't tell Shimmy where he was going. Thinking the trail has gone cold, John receives an unopened letter from Shimmy that arrived for Roxy shortly after his departure. The letter is written by Alex H. Croy, an old friend of Roxy telling him that the pair should meet up as he is now staying in a hospice not far from Shimmy's location.
John visits the hospice in the hope of meeting his idol but his hopes are dashed when it is revealed that Roxy La Che had died in 2002, twenty years after the release of his first album.
- Duncan Airlie James as John Tavish
- Paul Massie as Roxy La Che
- Neil Francis as Archie Munro
- Kyle Calderwood as Larry
- Craig Walker as Hector "Blitzkrieg" Wallace
- Dave Wills as Gary Pringle
- Allan Thornton as Shimmy Quiffer
- Elizabeth Baillie as The P.A / Debbie (Voice)
- Craig Maclachlan as The Foreign sound man
- James Frame as Kirkwood
- Mark D. Ferguson as Mark
- Andy S. McEwan as Whippy / Nelson Sheffield
- Steve Nallon as Margaret Thatcher (Voice)
- Lynn Murray as The Nurse
- Andrew O'Donnell as Habrbour Master (voice)
- Chris Quick as Wermit (voice)
- Euan Cuthbertson as Neil Kinnock (voice)
- Nichola Calderwood as Miss Gormley
- Lisa Massie as The Receptionist
- Ronnie Smith as The Doctor
Music and soundtrack
Extract from the song 'Free Now' written and performed by Paul Massie for the film's credits.
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The majority of the soundtrack for In Search of La Che was composed and performed by Paul Massie. Amongst the tracks he recorded were, Beuracatic Greenhouse, Biological Memory, Cheerful Bus In A Big Gay City and Free Now which was used over the end credits.
Additional performances came from Glaswegian bands .Scores and Sound Over Silence. Paul Slevin composed the music for Blitzkriegs backstory.
Release and reception
The film received a positive review from Flicker Magazine in the United Kingdom but in the United States the film failed to amuse American audiences with many blaming the thick Scottish dialect. Scott Knopf from Film Threat wrote:
"In Search of La Che is a no-budget feature that starts off on a rough note and doesn’t get much better after that. James’ likeability is the only thing that may keep you through the entire film."
Despite this, the film was selected to appear in the spring showcase of the 2014 American Online Film Awards.
When the DVD was released the following year, the film was dedicated to Hugh Campbell, the father of Duncan Airlie James. During production, Campbell's house was used as the home of the main character John Tavish. He died in December 2011, a month after the film's premiere.
- Glasgow Evening Times Article on Premiere
- British Film Council Listing
- Glasgow Film Theatre Listing
- In Search of La Che Soundtrack
- Glasgow Film Theatre Listing
- Duncan Airlie James Official Website News, October 2010
- Flicker Magazine Review
- Movie Banter Review
- Rogue Cinema Review
- Film Threat Review
- In Search of La Che page on AOFA
- In Search of La Che IMDB Trivia