Sunday 24 September 2017

Gillan 'patriotic' at festival

Karen Gillan's latest film closed the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Karen Gillan's latest film closed the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Karen Gillan said she felt "so proud and patriotic" to see her latest movie close the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

The world premiere of Not Another Happy Ending, in which Scottish actress Karen plays young Glasgow writer Jane, was the 12-day festival's closing night gala film.

The romantic comedy follows Jane as she suffers a severe case of writer's block after producing a successful first novel. Her publisher Tom, played by French actor Stanley Weber, believes this is because she is too happy, so he turns to some drastic measures to get her unblocked.

Speaking ahead of the screening, Karen told of her excitement at having the movie close the 67th festival.

She said: "I feel so proud and patriotic right now. It's just the most amazing thing to happen for our film. We shot it in three weeks in Glasgow and to be rewarded with this is just incredible. I'm so happy."

Karen, well-known as former Doctor Who sidekick Amy Pond, described the city of Glasgow as the "main character" in the film and said it was good to see a Scottish movie close the festival in the country's capital.

She said: "I think it's great. We're supporting films made in our own country, which is a really good thing. Hopefully it can lead to more. The experience (of making the film) was really amazing. It was nice for me to come back to Scotland."

The screen star wore an outfit by Scottish designer Holly Fulton for the gala screening at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre.

She has recently been working on a romantic comedy in Los Angeles, called The List, and has reportedly landed a role in Marvel's superhero film Guardians Of The Galaxy. But she was tight-lipped about what the role has in store for her, saying only: "I don't know that there's much I can say, other than I'm going to play a very bad person!"

Not Another Happy Ending saw Karen work with director John McKay for a second time. The two previously worked together on an earlier film entitled We'll Take Manhattan.

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