Starring Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen & Martin Compston, Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson debuts in UK cinemas July 24th.
The Legend of Barney Thomson tells the tale of Barney (Robert Carlyle), a hapless barber, devoid of charm and ‘patter’ as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney’s mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow.
As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall (Ray Winstone) and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each others throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, Barney fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother, the formidable Glaswegian ‘good-time girl’, Cemolina (Emma Thompson). There’s no turning back now and the path that lies ahead for Barney may yet be littered with more murderous consequences than he could have ever anticipated.
BAFTA winning actor Robert Carlyle is known for pushing the boundaries of character, while as a theatre director he has won multiple awards for his reinvention of time-honoured stories including Macbeth. Born in Glasgow and a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Carlyle’s first film role was in Ken Loach’s Riff-Raff in 1991. Memorable roles followed including the psychopathic Begbie in Trainspotting and Gaz, the leader of a group of male amateur strippers, in The Full Monty, which earned Carlyle multiple awards including the BAFTA for Best Actor in 1997. Further film credits include Carla’s Song and Face alongside Ray Winstone (both roles won him the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor); the James Bond film The World is Not Enough, Anglela’s Ashes, The Beach, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, 28 Weeks Later and Summer for which he received the Best Actor Award at the EIFF. For the past few years, Carlyle has been working for ABC Television as Rumpelstiltskin in its smash hit series Once Upon A Time. Having previously directed for the stage with his company Rain Dog, Barney Thomson marks Carlyle’s feature film directorial debut.