That Sinking Feeling

BFI Flipside presents Bill Forsyth’s hilarious and inventive depiction of 1970s Glasgow youth culture.

BFI Flipside presents – acclaimed director Bill Forsyth’s (Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero) hilarious directorial debut. Unemployed teenager Ronnie (Robert Buchanan, Gregory’s Girl) and his hapless pals spend their time hanging around the rainy parks and dingy cafes of Glasgow, but their world is about to change when Ronnie hatches a plan to make them all rich by stealing a job-lot of stainless steel sinks. Hilarious and inventive, Forsyth’s zero budget debut provides an authentic depiction of 1970s Glasgow youth culture, and is presented here for the first time in a new HD transfer complete with the original Glaswegian dialogue track.

Special features

  • 2 discs.
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
  • New audio commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode.
  • New interview with actor Robert Buchanan (2014, 14 mins).
  • KH-4 (John Schorstein, 1969, 13 mins): a young artist (Forsyth) struggles to seek inspiration from a slowly crumbling cityscape.
  • Mirror (John Schorstein, 1970, 33 mins): a young writer (Forsyth) searches the streets of Glasgow for his missing girlfriend.
  • Glasgow 1980 (Oscar Marzaroli, 1971, 30 mins): documentary, edited by Bill Forsyth, promoting the proposed development of Glasgow in the 1970s.
  • Islands of the West (Bill Forsyth, 1972, 30 mins): promoting the scenic beauty of the Scottish Hebrides.
  • Bill Forsyth BAFTA Film (Bill Forsyth, 2009, 7 mins): short acceptance film made for BAFTA.
  • Kermode Uncut (2012, 9 mins): film critic Mark Kermode discusses the budget for That Sinking Feeling with Bill Forsyth.
  • Optional alternative dubbed dialogue track.
  • Illustrated booklet with new essays and credits.

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      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

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