Su­per Novem­ber + Q&A Nov 26, Glas­gow Film The­atre; tour­ing Film

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At the GFT to­mor­row evening broad­caster and co­me­dian Josie Long and Glas­gow-based direc­tor Dou­glas King will an­swer ques­tions on their film Su­per Novem­ber, which was also filmed in the city.

With per­for­mances from Sean Big­ger­staff and a clutch of Scot­tish comics such as Janey God­ley, James Kirk and Chris Forbes, Su­per Novem­ber is a love story set against the back­drop of creep­ing au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism.

Af­ter a hard right fac­tion take over the gov­ern­ment, cit­i­zens are sub­ject to cur­few and re­stric­tions on free­dom of move­ment.

The li­brary where Long’s char­ac­ter worked un­der ribald boss God­ley be­comes a “mi­grant pro­cess­ing unit” amid an at­mos­phere of dis­trust, res­ig­na­tion, and, in the un­der­ground at least, re­bel­lion.

“I don’t think that peo­ple would in­stantly be he­roes if some­thing like this hap­pened,” says Long. “I don’t think peo­ple would in­stantly stop be­ing con­cerned about other things. Even when aw­ful things are go­ing on po­lit­i­cally, you are still a per­son. Your con­cerns on a per­sonal level might seem quite small com­pared to what’s hap­pen­ing around you.

“But you’re still go­ing to care if you love some­one and they don’t love you, or you’re bored. I wanted to write about peo­ple re­spond­ing in quite a nor­mal way, be­cause I think that’s what peo­ple would do.”

The pair, who have worked to­gether on short films be­fore, will also at­tend Q&As fol­low­ing screen­ings at Ed­in­burgh’s Film­house (Nov 27), In­ver­ness Eden Court (Nov 28), Dundee Con­tem­po­rary Arts (Nov 29) and Stir­ling’s MacRobert (Nov 30).

Merg­ing re­lat­able ro­mance and the com­edy of ev­ery­day life with cred­i­ble, near-fu­ture pol­i­tics, Long says her script was pri­mar­ily a re­sponse to pas­siv­ity about aw­ful things – as long as they are hap­pen­ing to other peo­ple. “The whole idea for this film was a re­sponse to see­ing a lot of peo­ple’s com­pla­cency in the face of the refugee cri­sis,” Long says. “I wanted to talk about how peo­ple as­sume there’s a de­gree of safety in this coun­try that would never change, and make a fan­tasy where that was no longer the case.”

Clock­wise from left: DJ Eclair Fifi is a nom­i­nee at the Scot­tish Mu­sic Awards; Josie Long as lovelorn star of Glas­gow-shot film Su­per Novem­ber

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