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Long Shot (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI
Filmed around the 1977 Edinburgh Film Festival, Long Shot is a deadpan satire about the trials and tribulations of British independent filmmaking, with cameos from 70s film industry luminaries aplenty.
Two low-budget filmmakers attempt to talk up some finance in this brilliantly barbed movie-biz satire played out against the backdrop of the 1977 Edinburgh Film Festival. Shot for next to nothing on short-end scraps of black-and-white stock, this deadpan verite´-style comedy drama follows director Charlie (Charles Gormley) and scriptwriter Neville (Neville Smith) on the hunt for cash, cast and ‘name director’ Sam Fuller to shoot their Aberdeen-set oil-boom adventure ‘Gulf and Western’.
Along the way, they encounter a plethora of filmmaking luminaries including Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears, John Boorman, Bill Forsyth and Alan Bennett.
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