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That Sinking Feeling on dual format on BFI Flipside in April

6 March 2014

The 29th title on the BFI’s collectible Flipside label is celebrated Scottish director Bill Forsyth’s (Gregory's Girl, Local Hero) zero-budget debut. Hilarious and inventive, That Sinking Feeling (1979) is presented in a new High Definition transfer, complete with the original Glaswegian dialogue track.

Released on 21st April 2014, this definitive Dual Format Edition (DVD and Blu-ray) is loaded with special features including previously unreleased short films, a newly recorded audio commentary and much more.

Unemployed teenager Ronnie (Robert Buchanan, Gregory’s Girl) and his hapless pals spend their time hanging around the rainy parks and dingy cafes of Glasgow, but their world is about to change when Ronnie hatches a plan to make them all rich by stealing a job-lot of stainless steel sinks.

Filmed entirely on location around Glasgow, the cast was largely drawn from members of the Glasgow Youth Theatre and included a small part for John Gordon Sinclair, who went on to star in Gregory’s Girl. To raise the money to get the film off the ground, Bill Forsyth wrote to local businesses for help and That Sinking Feeling became the first fiction feature film to be both financed and made in Scotland – for the record-breaking amount of £5,000.

The BFI has worked closely with Bill Forsyth to bring the film back into circulation, finally reinstating the original Glaswegian dialogue track and presenting it in its correct aspect ratio. Amongst the extensive extras are a full-length audio commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode, one of the film’s most ardent high profile fans, a number of rarely-seen short films, and a dryly funny BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance film made by Forsyth in 2009.

That Sinking Feeling will be released as a UK dual format edition on 21st April 2014 by the BFI as part of their Flipside series at the RRP of £19.99.

Extra features will be:

  • New audio commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode

  • New interview with actor Robert Buchanan (2014, 14 mins)

  • KH-4 (John Schorstein, 1969, 13 mins): a young artist (Forsyth) struggles to seek inspiration from a slowly crumbling cityscape

  • Mirror (John Schorstein, 1970, 33 mins): a young writer (Forsyth) searches the streets of Glasgow for his missing girlfriend

  • Glasgow 1980 (Oscar Marzaroli, 1971, 30 mins): documentary, edited by Bill Forsyth, promoting the proposed development of Glasgow in the 1970s

  • Islands of the West (Bill Forsyth, 1972, 30 mins): promoting the scenic beauty of the Scottish Hebrides

  • Bill Forsyth BAFTA Film (Bill Forsyth, 2009, 7 mins): short acceptance film made for BAFTA

  • Kermode Uncut (2012, 9 mins): film critic Mark Kermode discusses the budget for That Sinking Feeling with Bill Forsyth

  • Optional alternative dubbed dialogue track

  • Illustrated booklet with new essays and credits

Below is a short clip from the film: