Forsyth, Bill

Forsyth, Bill
   b. 1947, Glasgow
   Film-maker
   After an acclaimed low-budget debut, That Sinking Feeling (1979), Forsyth came to prominence with Gregory’s Girl (1981), a vigourously witty celebration of young love set in the Glasgow conurbation. As a writer and director, his eye for the unusual in incident and character became his trademark. He went on to make Local Hero (1983), featuring Burt Lancaster amongst a predominantly Scottish cast. It is informed by a Brigadoonish observation of the northwest of Scotland as ‘the land that time forgot’. The myth proved its resilience: the film prospered on both sides of the Atlantic. The true story of Glasgow’s ice cream gang wars formed a backdrop for Comfort and Joy (1984). Several American-based projects followed, with limited success.
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