Cam­eras rolling on film ver­sion of ‘cult novel’

The So­pra­nos movie adap­ta­tion be­gins film­ing on streets of cap­i­tal

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By FIONA PRINGLE

Scot­tish di­rec­tor Michael Ca­ton-jones has started the cam­eras rolling on a fea­ture film adap­ta­tion of the 1998 novel The So­pra­nos by au­thor Alan Warner.

The shoot will take place en­tirely in Scot­land with scenes be­ing filmed on Char­lotte Square in Ed­in­burgh yes­ter­day.

Mr Ca­ton-jones, who bought the movie rights for the novel 20 years ago said he was glad to be fi­nally mak­ing the movie on home soil.

He said: “Since op­tion­ing Alan Warner’s novel The So­pra­nos in 1998, the project’s de­vel­op­ment has been a labour of love, and I am ab­so­lutely thrilled to be mak­ing the film now.

“It was al­ways fun­da­men­tal the spirit of th­ese fan­tas­tic, strong fe­male char­ac­ters was brought to life ac­cu­rately — and our six hugely tal­ented young ac­tresses are do­ing that in spades.

“I am also ec­static to re­turn to Scot­land, my home­land, to shoot this par­tic­u­lar film.”

The Mem­phis Belle di­rec­tor plans to use lo­ca­tions across the coun­try for the, as yet un­ti­tled, film.

The of­fice of soft­ware de­vel­op­ment train­ing com­pany Code­clan,base­doncastleter­race got a new look as the film crew trans­formed the build­ing into a 90’s po­lice sta­tion.

Set in Scot­land in the 1990s and taking place over the course of a sin­gle day, the film fol­lows the choir of Catholic school­girls who are in Ed­in­burgh for a mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion but are more in­ter­ested in “go­ing men­tal” – drink­ing, par­ty­ing and hook­ing up – than in win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion. The novel has pre­vi­ously been turned into a stage play by Lee Hall.

Sony Pic­tures In­ter­na­tional Pro­duc­tions is pro­duc­ing the film to­gether with Four Point Play Pic­tures and Sigma Films, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Screen Scot­land.

Screen Scot­land’s Jen­nifer Ar­mitage said: “We are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing the film adap­ta­tion of Alan Warner’s iconic novel The So­pra­nos. This com­ing of age story of young women in Scot­land has cap­ti­vated au­di­ences for many years. 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 and por­tray­als of women in film.”

Award win­ning Tin­sel Town and Game of Thrones ac­tress Kate Dickie will star in the film along­side a host of young Scot­tish act­ing talent in­clud­ing Tal­lu­lah Grieve and Eve Austin.

The film will have a dif­fer­ent name than the book to avoid con­fu­sion with US se­ries The So­pra­nos,


Cast of the movie adap­ta­tion of The So­pra­nos, Marli Siu, Tal­lu­lah Greive, Abi­gail Lawrie, Sally Messham, Rona Mori­son and Eve Austin

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