Cult book set to be adapted for sil­ver screen

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

A cult book about a group of Oban school­girls who go on a boozy ram­page in Ed­in­burgh is be­ing trans­formed for the big screen by Scots di­rec­tor Michael Ca­ton-Jones.

The film­maker has started shooting an adap­ta­tion of Scots au­thor Alan Warner’s hit novel The So­pra­nos – although the film is to be given a dif­fer­ent ti­tle to avoid con­fu­sion with the Amer­i­can mafia TV se­ries.

Billed as “Pitch Per­fect meets Trainspot­ting”, it is set in the 1990s over the course of a sin­gle day and fol­lows six school­girls from Oban who come to Ed­in­burgh for a singing com­pe­ti­tion.

“The wit and en­ergy... is as fresh, and as raw, as ever”

But they are more in­ter­ested in “go­ing men­tal” – drink­ing, par­ty­ing and hook­ing up with men – than in win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.

The film stars ac­tresses Eve Austin, Tal­lu­lah Greive, Abi­gail Lawrie, Sally Messham, Rona Mori­son and Marli Siu who will ap­pear along­side Kate Dickie and David Hay­man.

It is to be filmed en­tirely in Scot­land and pro­duc­tion be­gan this week in Ed­in­burgh.

A cult hit in Bri­tain, Oban-born Warner’s 1998 novel has pre­vi­ously been turned into a suc­cess­ful stage play by Billy El­liot writer Lee Hall.

Jen­nifer Ar­mitage, of Screen Scot­land, said: “We are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing the film adap­ta­tion of Alan Warner’s iconic novel.

“While the world has trans­formed since the 1990s, the wit and en­ergy of The So­pra­nos is as fresh, and as raw, as ever.

“This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for bold per­for­mances by a cast of young women, chal­leng­ing con­ven­tional per­cep­tions... of women in film.”

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