Not Another Happy Ending

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Not Another Happy Ending
Not Another Happy Ending Poster.jpg
UK release poster
Directed byJohn McKay
Produced byClaire Mundell
Wendy Griffin
Written byDavid Solomons
StarringKaren Gillan
Stanley Weber
Iain De Caestecker
Freya Mavor
Amy Manson
Gary Lewis
Kate Dickie
Henry Ian Cusick
Music byLorne Balfe
CinematographyGeorge Geddes
Edited byCalum Puss
Synchronicity Films Ltd.
British Film Company
Distributed byKaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Release date
  • 30 June 2013 (2013-06-30) (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11) (United Kingdom)
  • 8 August 2014 (2014-08-08) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Not Another Happy Ending is a 2013 British romantic comedy film directed by John McKay, starring Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber and Freya Mavor. Produced by Claire Mundell and Wendy Griffin, and written by David Solomons, the film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 30 June 2013.[2]

It was largely shot in Glasgow's Merchant City.[3]


Tom Duvall, the editor of a struggling publishing company, discovers that his only successful author, Jane Lockhart, cannot write when happy. Due to her recent success, she is left unable to write and he is stuck. He is forced to make her incredibly unhappy. The thing is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realizes he's in love with her.



The film was financed in part by a crowdfunding campaign on the website Indiegogo, which raised USD$22,660.[4] Additional funding came through the efforts of producer Claire Mundell, who "[patch-worked] a bunch of different sources of funding together, none of whom interfered in any kind of way with the way the film turned out".[5]

Scottish actor Emun Elliott was originally attached to play the role of Tom, but was replaced with French actor Stanley Weber. This led the filmmakers to write into the script the character's French background, as well as "a lot of explanation about how this French guy could end up in Glasgow and be a publisher".[5]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 31% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 3.86/10.[6]


  1. ^ "NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING (12A)". Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. British Board of Film Classification. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Karen Gillan Rom-Com Will Close Edinburgh Film Festival". 24 April 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  3. ^ "John McKay Talks Not Another Happy Ending". 18 June 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Not Another Happy Ending". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "John McKay on Not Another Happy Ending and Scottish filmmaking". 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Not Another Happy Ending (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 22 May 2019.

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