THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON

THE LONG MIDNIGHT OF BARNEY THOMSON

By Robert CARLYLE

TRINITY WORKS ENTERTAINMENT INC. - as PROD

Black comedy - Post-Production 2014

A Scottish barber inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, with both absurd and macabre consequences as he tries to cover his crimes in this surrealistic comedy.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Black comedy
    • Countries
    • CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Robert CARLYLE
    • Writer(s)
    • Colin MCLAREN, Rich COWAN
    • Producer(s)
    • John G. LENIC (Trinity Works Entertainment), Kaleena KIFF (Trinity Works Entertainment), Holly BRYDSON (Trinity Works Entertainment)
    • Synopsis
    • A surreal version of Glasgow set in no particular era, with the texture of old world boxers, time warped fun fairs, and a smoke filled barber shop at its core, "The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson" takes place amidst panic over the city’s crime of the century. A serial killer is on the loose, jauntily boxing up his victim’s body parts and mailing them to their families. The police, led by woeful Inspector Holdall, can’t seem to get a handle on the murders.
      Barbershop chatter about the killings and considerable disrespect give Barney Thomson, a hapless Scottish barber, vengeful ideas he knows he’ll never go through with. Demoted and belittled by his co-workers, Barney seethes and schemes impotently until he inadvertently and very literally stumbles into murder. Unwittingly, his first accidental kill saves his skin at the shop and he clumsily tries to cover his tracks. But, his formidable mother Cemolina cheerfully emasculates him further, causing a bloody, albeit comedic chain of events to unfold. And of the pair, only she’s got the stones to clean up the mess.
      Hiding bodies badly, navigating old ladies and dog tracks, Barney’s paranoia nearly does him in. And Inspector Holdall, just inches away from finding Glasgow’s notorious postal butcher, is trumped at every turn.
      In too deep to quit, Barney’s sanity unravels. But, when he discovers who the true serial killer is, his dream of being cock of the walk in the barbershop gets even further away from reality. However, in an absurd twist of fate, he may just get his wish after all.
    • Partners & financing
    • Myriad Pictures - International Sales agent
      Gersh Agency (Jay Cohen) - US Sales agent
      Icon Pictures - UK Distributor
    • Production schedule
    • Pre-production: April 14-May 18
      Principle Photography: May 19-June 27
      Post Production: complete late 2014
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2014
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