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Scottish romantic comedy film Fast Romance tells the story of seven very different people who attend a speed date and get a lot more than they had bargained for. The big budget movie is set in Glasgow and unlike more recent Scottish movies, this one has no neds, no murders, no suicides and no drugs in it.
First time director Carter Ferguson, who has worked professionally in film, theatre and television for several years, spoke to The Hour about how the film came about. He said:
“I’m a fight director to trade, I do fight sequences on things like Taggart and River City, and I wanted to get away from that and revisit the movies that Scotland was famous for in the 80s when we were making romantic comedies. Hitting the 90s we got into what can only be described as miserable-ism mode.”
There wasn’t much interest in funding the film so it was shot on a shoestring budget with money raised from private finance. Carter said:
“The film was shot on a £41 thousand budget. Just going to people and telling them what we were going for and that it’s a very positive film means there were a lot of people willing to put something into it. Good will made the movie happen, because on £41 thousand it’s not really possible to make a big blockbuster.”
Several well-known faces make cameo appearances in Fast Romance, including RiverCity actor Tom Urie. Tom thinks that the film is really good fun and that it is going to be a huge success. He said:
“There are a series of people who pop up for a minute or two and that’s part of the attraction of the film; you think, who’s going to pop up next? There are a lot of people from the classic Scottish comedies of the 80s that you would recognise and there are a few of us lot who are kicking about just now. The cameos make it really fun.
“I think it’s going to achieve cult status, I really, really do. I think it’s going to be one of these things that’s word of mouth. I mean to make a film on £41 thousand and get it shown in the cinemas is absolutely incredible.”
Fast Romance is released this Friday July 1 exclusively at Cineworld cinemas across Scotland.
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