About the Film
Well here it is at last.. The multiple award winning feature film, FAST ROMANCE.
The film and Ickleflix have been stuck in a legal limbo for the past several years due the unfortunate passing of the company owner, John Hamilton. John was great fun, an avid fan of the film and the chief investor in it. His loss created an unavoidable and complex legal hiatus which has taken some time to untangle.
Aware of the situation, and as the originator of the project and a former company director I decided to approach the films now owner to see if I could help. With his kind permission I represented the film at this years Cannes Film Festival and with a bit of shoe leather, a bit of hard work and a bit of luck, I made a deal with a US distributor to take on the film.
Fast Romance's video assets have now been rebuilt to a standard suitable for online distribution in 2017. This was achieved with the assistance of the post production professionals at Glasgow production house Arteus, with the help of owner Mike Robinson and with the ongoing commitment to the film of writers James McCreadie and Debbie May. Everything was delivered to LA about in October 2017 and an Amazon Prime deal was settled by the end of that month.
I now part once again from Fast Romance and leave it to Mike, Jim and Debbs to take it to the next level. I wish the best for the film and for all those that have been involved in it. As of the films release on the 1st November 2017, I will be moving on to new projects and leaving the film in the capable hands of the new team.
My Director's Statement:
I’ve been asked several times whilst working on Fast Romance why someone with a background in film and television fight work would choose romantic comedy as the genre for my first feature film. Throughout the 1980s Scotland was known for its great film comedies. Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero and Restless Natives made their mark on the world stage and helped mould my current sensibilities and humour. It seemed to me that those times should be revisited today. In recent years Scotland has become known as a producer of dark gritty films, fuelled by drugs and violence. As a fight director I’ve worked on and enjoyed being part of these productions, but for my own project I fancied a retrospective on the style we came to love 30 years ago.
Fast Romance has been described as Sex and the City with a twist of Gregory’s Girl. This is so wonderful to hear as it’s almost exactly what I set out to make. I tried to capture the honest charm of the Gregory’s Girl era of film making, whilst making it something that modern audiences can enjoy and engage with. If the same audience that went to see Sex in the City, About a Boy or Notting Hill rents Fast Romance, I’ll be more than happy. It’s also a snapshot of my favourite city, Glasgow as it is right now, and I hope it will age as well as the classics mentioned above. It is worth mentioning that Colin Tully, who wrote the music for Gregory’s Girl, is the guest saxophonist on our soundtrack.
The intention was always to shoot the film on a micro budget, and the associated cost implications, of course, had an influence on many of the decisions that were made along the way. With this in mind we set about to make the world, its characters and plots as rich as possible so that any small cost related decisions that came about during the process would not compromise the whole
Casting was primary to the film, and we approached a central cast of up and coming talent from Scotland led by William Ruane (Gordy) who had been in my internet series 'The Rage' with Derek Munn (Kenny), with whom I worked with on the Scottish soap 'River City' for several years. Besides the seven main characters we went all out to attract a diamond supporting cast including several actors from the films that I have mentioned above. Rab Buchanan was the lead in That Sinking Feeling and had played Andy in Gregory’s Girl, Vincent Friell took the lead in Restless Natives in 1985 and Dave Anderson played the dad in Gregory’s Girl. There are several other well-known faces in there, including Barbara Rafferty of Rab C Nesbitt and The Last King of Scotland fame. The world of the film is greatly enriched by their presence.
I wanted the film to feel real, but on occasion to leave reality behind and just tip into an “other worldly strangeness” which is fun and tongue in cheek. Several characters in the film are certainly heightened, but not entirely outwith reality. I feel it’s a danger to “play” the comedy, so where appropriate I have steered away from this. Fast Romance is not intended to be a “screwball” comedy. It is however fun, romantic and honest.
The look and feel of the film again had to be rooted in reality. We tried to use locations that were everyday but were unusual or interesting in some way, e.g. Our bridge location is the one used in Gregory’s Girl. We used limited moving camera, partly for cost reasons of course, and shot a script which plays in chronological order. In addition we wanted it to appear stylish and reflect the cosmopolitan world that is contemporary Glasgow.
Director/ Exec Producer - Fast Romance