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Tuesday 22 April 2014, 17:07

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Bill Forsyth’s debut film That Sinking Feeling is out on disc this week. It’s a personal favourite - and here’s why.

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    (I could have gone on about my love for all things Bill Forsyth -- although I''ve never seen Bering Human for fear of jinxing the record -- I could boast being one of the few to see Housekeeping during its theatrical run, or mention a pilgrimage to Pennan, etc. but only that word is necessary to greet this blog of glad tidings. Suffice it to say, my wife will be chuffed that the annual puzzle of finding me a birthday present has been solved., )

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    Have not seen "That Sinking Feeling" but will rectify my act of truancy over the coming weeks.What films i have seen by Forsyth,notably,Local Hero,Gregory's Girl and Comfort and Joy,have never failed to deliver,especially the latter two for introducing me to the beautiful Clare Grogan,who incidentally was responsible for my ridiculous attempt at dancing at an early 80's Altered Images gig,i think it was comparable with Skippy the Bush Kangaroo extra high on something that was going around Studio 54.
    His films for me have that common thread of security and affection for the players,even the bad guys come across as reluctantly bad.He has perfected the art of revealing a good story,without any weighing down/sagging of the narrative.
    In a word he makes exceptionally cozy,don't confuse with lazy,movies,likable,enjoyable and the character's might well live around the corner from you.They are all identifiable,unless one or two have jumped ship and are now starring in "The Real Housewives of Shetland"which really would be tragic.
    No,Mr.Forsyth knows how to supply entertainment,and wonderful news to hear another project is on the horizon.He reminds me of the good cop,to here say Jimmy McGovern or Ken Loach's bad one.Just a bit softer,but still an eye for not forsaking any injustices,nor being brushed aside.

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    Comment number 3.

    Is it a 3D Blu-ray?

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    Looking forward to the audio commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark. Can we expect Local Hero to be coming out on Bluray soon ?

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    Comment number 5.

    Hi Mark, thanks for the recommendation. I've not seen it, or any of Forsyth's work unfortunately, but I shall be going to London in November so I'll try to pick it up. Sounds great.


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