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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Scottish horror queen

From The Scotsman:

More than a decade later, [Ros Borland] is responsible for a significant amount of action in the Scottish film scene. Her latest horror film, Wild Country, which she playfully refers to as "Gregory's Girl with werewolves", has its Scottish premiere next week at the Glasgow Film Festival. Elsewhere, controversy is raging about her company Gabriel Productions, and its forthcoming co-production of the controversial novella Stevenson Under The Palm Trees. The book brands Scotland's literary giant, Robert Louis Stevenson, as a potential rapist and murderer. snip Some may suggest the horror genre, the teen market and Scottish backing might not be the most marketable of attributes, and Borland is quick to justify her reasons for sticking to her roots. "This is the first Scottish horror movie, I think, since The Wicker Man. Was that indigenously Scottish or not? Well, that's debatable." Shot from October 2004 through to March of last year, Wild Country was written and directed by Craig Strachan. In keeping with her indigenous sensibilities, the film features an all-Scottish cast - Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Monarch of the Glen), Peter Capaldi (Local Hero, The Thick of It), and Glaswegian actress Samantha Shields - in a tale of five teenagers on an outward bound expedition who find something deadly lurking in the wilds. Set around Glasgow and predominantly in Mugdock Country Park, outside Milngavie, Borland is hopeful the backdrop will take on a character and life of its own. "It's added value that it is Scottish," she says. "Scotland's a spooky place, so it adds to the integrity of the film. We're Scottish filmmakers and we wanted to make it in Scotland. We wanted to give Scottish actors the facility to use the accents that they would use every day. Are we going to fall on our own behinds for sticking to authenticity or are the public going to enjoy it because it feels real? Who knows."
I suspect the latter.


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