Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Local Hero

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films

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This was written and directed in 1983 by Bill Forsyth, the same guy who did Gregory’s Girl and he is Scottish and likes to set his films in Scotland and use Scottish talent they’re very patriotic the Scots and if you’ve ever been there you will know there is a lot of beautiful unspoilt countryside and coast which is probably because of the climate it’s cold and wet a lot of the time so you can’t turn the coastline into a load of beach resorts.

That is kind of what the film is about there’s this rich American businessman Mr Happer (Burt Lancaster) who is the boss of the Knox Oil Company in Houston and he wants to build a refinery on the coast in northern Scotland because as you probably know there is a lot of oil and gas under the sea up there and oil rigs all over the place. He sends one of his young executives Mac McIntyre (Peter Riegert) to scout the place. Mac doesn’t see why he should have to actually spend time there because he could wrap the whole thing up with two or three telexes which was a sort of quick communication method before email and Whatsapp. I think.

Anyways he has to go and the Scottish guy who meets him over there and shows him around, Danny (Peter Capaldi the current Doctor Who) is  a quiet country lad and Mac is a stressed out city high flyer. They’re looking at a bay in a small village and its peaceful and lovely Danny is in love with this marine biologist played by Jenny Seagrove but she’s too sophisticated for him if you know what I mean.

Mac checks into a very small hotel run by Gordon (Denis Lawson) and his wife Stella (Jennifer Black) sorry about all these brackets and punctuation it gets on your tits don’t it? Gordon is quite similar to Mac in some ways but has lived a very different life and you can gradually see them both thinking that.

It’s the kind of small place where people sometimes have two jobs to make ends meet and Gordon is not just the hotelier but also the local accountant/business adviser.

The company really wants to buy the beach and a lot of the locals are willing to sell because they would become rich beyond their wildest dreams but the stumbling block is Ben Knox same name as the company see so there’s a link there. He’s played by Fulton Mackay who was famous as the prison warder Mr Mackay in Porridge TV comedy.

You can’t help being drawn into the peace and tranquility just like Mac is and he’s also very struck by Stella and Gordon knows but doesn’t mind funnily enough. Gordon even suggests one night when they’re both drunk that they should swap lives and Mac would have the hotel and Stella with it I don’t know if that’s romantic or pervy really but they don’t do it so I don’t suppose it matters.

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Big boss Happer eventually comes over partly because he is an astronomer and wants to see the Northern Lights those natural colours in the sky they get sometimes. What happens in the end well you’ll have to watch it yourself what would you like to happen in the end? It’s just a film that makes you feel good and you escape your life wherever that may be and live in a Scottish village by the beach for a while.

 

 

 

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Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Gregory’s Girl

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews

Gregorys Girl

This is a film I saw when I was very young and you know how some things just stick with you well this one has I’ve watched it loads of times. Its set in Scotland and its about this teenage boy Gregory who hasn’t got a girlfriend but wants one.

The first thing your going to notice here is that most of my favourites have attractive people in them but this one dosen’t as good as John Gordon Sinclair is as an actor not even his Mum would say he’s sexy and nor are his friends. There’s one or two of the male teachers but you don’t see much of them and even the girls apart from Clare Grogan (who was a pop star too ‘Altered Images’) are nothing to write home about.

Anyways Gregory is in the school football team but he’s not very good and the teacher is looking for new players but then what a shocker a girl asks if she can do it but he says no. There not used to girls playing football and even though she’s like a good player this idiot tries to stop her because of things like changing rooms and showers. So Gregory fancies her it’s an actress called Dee Hepburn with a flicked back hair style like I used to want when I was about five.

Eventually he asks her out and he’s supposed to meet her on Saturday night but she dosen’t turn up she sends another girl and Gregory thinks maybe that one fancies him but she lets him buy her a bag of chips then passes him on to Clare Grogan. This is a much better idea for him I reckon but he can hardly believe it anyway she persuades him she’s not kidding and they go to the country park and lie under a tree but all their doing is talking and making jokes it’s a comedy did I say that.

You also get Gregory’s little sister Madeleine whose only like nine but is much wiser than him and gives him advice about women’s things she’s quite cute actually not the sort of stage school overacting brats you want to slap.

What I really like about the film is the atmosphere it’s quiet and it looks like a boring little town where nothing happens people just mow there lawns and go to school. You wouldn’t think that was a good thing I like a bit of action myself but not all the time and at least it looks safe not like the world is now you know what I mean.

The music is mainly bass guitar which is a unusual but very effective in a lonely sounding way I wonder if bass guitarists are lonely they don’t get the attention the posers get.

As I said before I was very young when I first saw this but its not a kids film really I like it just as much now as I did then and if you haven’t seen it you really want to because you’ll like it.