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Compact, Synchronicity team for 'Una' screenwriter's '9 Deaths'

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Exclusive: Crime drama marks Olivier award-winning playwright David Harrower’s second feature.

John McKay’s Compact Pictures and Scotland/Us based production outfit Synchronicity Films are teaming to develop 9 Deaths, the next feature from Una screenwriter David Harrower.

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn-starring Una [pictured] premiered at Telluride and will have a competition debut at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival. Benedict Andrews directed the sex abuse drama from Scottish playwright Harrower’s debut feature script, an adaptation of his own play Blackbird, which garnered him an Olivier award.

Harrower’s second feature, 9 Deaths, follows the son of a local crime family who must choose between leading his clan in an escalated gang war and his freedom. The film will be comprised of nine segments, in each of which a character will die.

Weekend co-producer Claire Mundell will produce for Synchronicity and John McKay will produce for Compact. The pair are re-teaming after collaborating on 2013 Karen Gillan-starring
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Not Another Happy Ending Starring Karen Gillan Coming to DVD This January

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Not Another Happy Ending Starring Karen Gillan Coming to DVD This January
Selfie” and “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan is still playing on her comedy chops in “Not Another Happy Ending,” will be coming to DVD and digital platforms Jan. 6. The film is also making a bit of history for distributor Omnibus Entertainment; “Not Another Happy Ending” is the first DVD release for the distributor, the newest division of Film Movement. Gillan stars as a successful author who is working on the follow-up to her critically acclaimed and reader-beloved book. But she’s fighting a huge villain in her real life – writer’s block. The film also stars Henry Ian Cusick and Stanley Weber and is directed by John McKay. “Karen Gillan [ Read More ]

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‘Not Another Happy Ending’ Review

Stars: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker, Amy Manson, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor, Gary Lewis, Henry Ian Cusick | Written by David Solomons | Directed by John McKay

When I decided to review Not Another Happy Ending the reason for this was pretty obvious, as a Doctor Who fan I was interested in a movie where Karen Gillan took a lead role. As Amy she was arguably one of the most popular companions to The Doctor and with her moving onto Guardians of the Galaxy it looks like she has a huge future in the movie business. What I was interested in was how she could handle a role that required more acting than action, though to be fair she had her moments in Doctor Who with her Raggedy Man (fans will know who I mean).

In Not Another Happy Ending Gillan plays Jane Lockhart an author who has a volatile
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The Fifth Estate, Le Week-end, Machete Kills: this week's new films

The Fifth Estate | Le Week-end | Machete Kills | Not Another Happy Ending | Baggage Claim | Romeo & Juliet | Nobody's Daughter Haewon

The Fifth Estate (15)

(Bill Condon, 2013, Us/Bel) Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, David Thewlis, Laura Linney, Peter Capaldi. 128 mins

Cumberbatch was seemingly born to play Julian Assange, though this pacy hot-button-issue thriller struggles to make the Wikileaks story into another Social Network. There are some questionable cinematic flourishes (ooh, cyberspace!), but at the core is the bromance between Brühl's wide-eyed German techie (Daniel Berg) and the enigmatic Aussie – partners in a morally hazardous social justice crusade that climaxes with, er, the Guardian.

Le Week-end (15)

(Roger Michell, 2013, UK) Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum. 93 mins

Before Midnight for seniors, as a 60-something couple's Parisian second honeymoon gives rise to bickering, regrets, and fears for the future, but youthful romantic comedy too. There's wit and wisdom in the writing and the seasoned performers are very good company.
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Film Review: 'Not Another Happy Ending'

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★★☆☆☆ John McKay's Not Another Happy Ending (2013) is a breezy and harmless if ultimately forgettable romantic comedy set in and around the city of Glasgow. Jane (former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan), a struggling novelist, finds herself thrust into the limelight when her first novel, a memoir about the trails of her own family, becomes an overnight success. With her newfound status, her life sees improvement. Not only does she fall in love with screenwriter Willie (Henry Ian Cusick), but she also starts to reconnect with her estranged father. All this, however, has a negative effect on her ability to complete her sophomore novel.

Thus, Jane's loyal publisher Tom (Stanley Weber) and his assistant Roddy (Iain De Caestecker, in the film's funniest role) sets about to diminish this fresh wave of romantic positivity. Boasting a moderately good premise that both embraces and satirises the well-worn clichés of the rom-com genre,
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'Not Another Happy Ending' review: Karen Gillan moves on from Amy Pond

Director: Jon McKay; Screenwriter: David Solomons; Starring: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker. Amy Manson, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 12A

How far can a film go based solely on the performance of its star? Turns out a fair distance if Scottish rom-com Not Another Happy Ending is anything to go by. Doctor Who star Karen Gillan, in her first leading movie role, carries this film by the scruff of the neck with a quirky and well-measured performance as an up-and-coming novelist who's struggling to get the creative juices flowing on her second book.

Gillan plays Jane Lockhart, a woman who mined her turbulent upbringing (notably paternal abandonment) into a debut novel that shot her onto the literary A-list. Fame, awards and romance with Hollywood screenwriter Willie (Lost's Henry Ian Cusick) swiftly followed, but Jane's happiness proves to be her downfall. When she's content she can't write,
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UK movie releases: October 2013

UK movie releases: October 2013
October 4, 2013


Director: Jon S. Baird

Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots

Running time: 97 mins

Certificate: 18

How I Live Now

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Sophie Ellis

Running time: 101m

Certificate: 15

Sunshine on Leith

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Starring: George MacKay, Peter Mullan, Jason Flemyn

Running time: 100m

Certificate: PG

Thanks for Sharing

Director: Stuart Blumberg

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Pink, Tim Robbins

Running time: 112m

Certificate: 15

October 11, 2013

The Fifth Estate

Director: Bill Condon

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten

Running time: 124 mins

Certificate: Tbc

Le Week-end

Director: Roger Michell

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Olly Alexander

Running time: 93 mins

Certificate: 15

Machete Kills

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Danny Trejo, Sofia Vergara, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba

Running time: 108 mins

Certificate: 15

Not Another Happy Ending

Director: John McKay

Starring: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker

Running time: 102 mins

Certificate: 12A

Romeo and Juliet

Director: Carlo Carlei

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld,
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New Trailer and Quad Poster for Not Another Happy Ending with Karen Gillan

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Making its debut as the Closing Night Film at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, Not Another Happy Ending marks the leading feature debut of Karen Gillan, best known for her work as Amy Pond on Doctor Who.

The first trailer surfaced over the summer, ahead of its bow up in Edinburgh. And with its UK release on the horizon next month, Kaleidoscope has released the new trailer along with a lo-res look at the UK quad poster.

Not Another Happy Ending tells the story of a young writer who, following the success of her debut novel has a severe case of writer’s block.

When struggling, maverick publisher Tomas Duval (Stanley Weber) discovers his only successful author Jane Lockhart (Karen Gillan) is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he’s finished – with her newfound success, she’s become too damn happy and she can’t write when she’s happy.
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Kaleidoscope takes 'Happy Ending'

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Kaleidoscope takes 'Happy Ending'
Kaleidoscope secures UK distribution rights for Karen Gillan rom-com Not Another Happy Ending and sets release date.

Kaleidoscope Entertainment has acquired UK distribution rights for Glasgow-set romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending. The film, which stars Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan, closed this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff).

Review: Not Another Happy Ending

Alongside Gillan, who will next be seen in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, are Stanley Weber, Amy Manson, Iain de Caestecker, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor, Gary Lewis and Henry Ian Cusick.

Directed by John McKay (We’ll Take Manhattan), it was produced by Claire Mundell of Synchronicity Films, co-produced by Wendy Griffin and written by David Solomons.

The feature was backed by British Film Company, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland.

Set in Glasgow, Gillan stars as successful author Jane Lockhart in the midst of writers block. Her publisher, played by Weber, has to make her miserable to rekindle her creative fire. But
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Not Another Happy Ending director John McKay

Having arrived from Glasgow the night before, and fresh from an early morning cast and crew screening of his latest movie, John McKay was set for a day of interviews when we met him in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.

The film in question, Not Another Happy Ending, was due to close the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival the following night with a star-studded closing gala at the city’s Festival Theatre.

Shot primarily in Glasgow, McKay’s film tells the story of a writer struggling to complete her second novel. Literally haunted by her impatient heroine, Jane Lockhart (Karen Gillan) is desperate to escape the two-book contract with her publisher, as she is still smarting from his decision to change the title of her debut behind her back.

Conceived almost five years ago by David Solomons, the original script was passed on to John McKay by the agent they shared. Alongside
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Eiff 2013: Not Another Happy Ending Review

Pixar’s Brave was always going to be a tough act to follow. It was high-profile and high-quality, pleasing promoters and audiences alike when it closed last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Not Another Happy Ending, a relatively little-known and low-budget romantic-comedy shot in and around Glasgow, sadly cannot begin to compete.

Karen Gillan stars as Jane Lockhart, a novelist who finds overnight success in a fictionalised account of the tumultuous childhood she spent without a father. Jane, however, feels betrayed when her publisher, Tom Duvall (Stanley Weber), changes the title of her novel — The Endless Anguish Of My Father — to something a little more marketable. Having signed a two-book deal, she must get to work on her next manuscript before she can sever ties with Tom and sign with a new, more understanding publisher.

Unfortunately, with only one chapter left to go, Jane experiences writer’s block. Believing
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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 - Not Another Happy Ending (2013)

Not Another Happy Ending, 2013.

Directed by John McKay.

Starring Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Gary Lewis, Amy Manson, Henry Ian Cusick, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor, and Iain de Caestecker.


Karen Gillan stars as Jane, a budding Scottish writer who gets writers block during her second novel.

Having been advised that the trailer for this film gives away the Entire plot, I went into the cinema unprepared, armed with only a brief synopsis and the belief that the wonderful Amy Pond of Doctor Who couldn't possibly disappoint.

To be fair to Karen Gillan, she didn't disappoint in the slightest. She was frank, quirky and witty, with excellent Pippi Longstocking braids of thick red hair. Unfortunately, the rest of the film proved too heavy for her to carry alone, and it fell disastrously flat.

The male lead is Tom Duval (Stanley Weber), a passionate Frenchman who gives Jane her big break. The set up
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Eiff 2013: Glasgow rom-com ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ is vibrant but insubstantial

Not Another Happy Ending

Written by David Solomons

Directed by John McKay

UK, 2013

Set in a spruced-up Glasgow, Not Another Happy Ending is an offbeat romantic comedy starring Karen Gillan as Jane, a quirky young novelist struggling to overcome a nasty bout of writer’s block. With the editorial guidance of her passionate but single-minded publisher, Tom (Stanley Weber), her debut autobiographical novel became a huge bestseller, as well as reuniting her with her estranged father (Gary Lewis) and landing her a relationship with a renowned but narcissistic screenwriter, Willie (Henry Ian Cusick). Relying on Jane’s new book to rescue his ailing publishing company, Tom believes that her newfound happiness is preventing her from writing and sets out to make her life as miserable as he can.

The underhand methods he resorts to provide the impetus for the plot, chipping away at Jane’s vulnerabilities and gradually eroding her chirpy disposition.
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Eiff 2013: Ten Films To See

The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off this evening with the European premiere of Breathe In, Drake Doremus’ dark family drama starring Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce, and then continues for a further eleven days until it draws to a close with the world premiere of John McKay’s romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending.

The programme, which has been lovingly put together by Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara and his trusted team, contains all the necessary ingredients to appease both die-hard cinema fans and those simply looking to catch the next big thing a few weeks before anyone else. To find the films worth seeing though is a tricky task – something that this article could help with.

I’ve scoured the jam-packed programme and come up with ten films (included below with brief descriptions and screening details) that should not be missed:

Monsters University

The long awaited prequel to
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First Trailer for Not Another Happy Ending with Karen Gillan

Best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, Karen Gillan makes her feature leading debut this year with the anticipated Not Another Happy Ending, which makes its world premiere at the end of the month at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

With the film about to debut for the world, we’ve got the first trailer to share. And it promises that Richard CurtisAbout Time won’t be the only stellar new British romantic-comedy to fall in love with this year.

Karen Gillan stars as Jane, a young Glasgow writer whose first novel is a success, thanks in part to the editing of her sympathetic but business-minded publisher, Tom (Stanley Weber). Reconciled with her estranged father (Gary Lewis) and embarked on a new relationship with a handsome and self-absorbed writer (Henry Ian Cusick), Jane comes down with a severe case of writer’s block while struggling with her second novel.
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'Doctor Who' Karen Gillan in 'Not Another Happy Ending' trailer

'Doctor Who' Karen Gillan in 'Not Another Happy Ending' trailer
Karen Gillan stars in the trailer for Not Another Happy Ending.

Directed by John McKay, the romantic comedy centres on a struggling publisher (Stanley Weber) whose only successful author (Gillan) is suffering from writer's block.

Realising that she can only write when she is unhappy, he sets out to make her life miserable, but realises increasingly that he is in love with her.

McKay previously directed former Doctor Who star Gillan in BBC Four drama We'll Take Manhattan, where she played supermodel Jean Shrimpton.

Freya Mavor (Skins, The White Queen), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Iain de Caestecker (The Fades) also star in the movie.

Not Another Happy Ending will premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 30. For more information, visit the film's website.
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Karen Gillan gets Hollywood makeover at Cannes

Karen Gillan gets Hollywood makeover at Cannes
Karen Gillan has undergone a Hollywood makeover as she attends Cannes Film Festival.

The former Doctor Who star appeared in a number of shots showcasing a chic and mature style as she prepares to appear in the city for the screening of her latest project.

Gillan's feature film Not Another Happy Ending will be shown at the festival. The movie, shot late last year in Glasgow, sees the Scottish actress in the role of Jane Lockhart, a writer who is struggling to pen a second novel following the success of her first.

The film also stars Stanley Weber, BAFTA-nominated actor Iain De Caestecker, Kate Dickie and Skins star Freya Mavor. It will premiere at the 67th Edinburgh Film Festival in June, following its screenings at Cannes.

Gillan said of the movie: "The film came about when my director John McKay, back when I was working on television for We'll Take Manhattan,
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Drake Doremus’ Breathe In To Open 67th Edinburgh Film Festival

With little over a month to go until this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) kicks off in earnest, and the programme launch now just weeks away, it seemed a little odd that prospective audiences still had no idea what might open the 2013 festival.

However, we now have an opening film to go with John McKay’s Not Another Happy Ending, the indie rom-com announced in April as festival closer, in the form of Drake DoremusBreathe In.

The film, which reunites the writer-director with Like Crazy star Felicity Jones, features another exchange student who this time alters the lives and relationships of her upstate New York host family. The film co-stars Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan, and was described as a stand-out ”in a healthy year for American cinema” by returning artistic director Chris Fujiwara.

Jones isn’t the only one of Doremus’ past collaborators to return for Breathe In.
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Not Another Happy Ending to Close 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Not Another Happy Ending has been chosen to close this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The world’s longest continuously film festival, now in its 67th year, will play host to the Glasgow-set romantic comedy, where it will premiere as the closing night film on June 30.

Directed by John McKay, Not Another Happy Ending stars ex-Doctor Who companion Karen Gillian as Jane Lockhart, an author struggling with writer’s block after the success of her first novel. Her creative fire is relit only when her publisher (Stanley Weber) makes her angry.

The film, which features a strong supporting cast including Amy Manson, Iain De Caestecker and Kate Dickie, is a co-production between British Film Company, Creative Scotland, BBC Scotland, and Synchronicity Films.

Chris Fujiwara, artistic director of the festival, said of the news, “Speaking as somebody who, before coming to Scotland, knew Scotland partly through its portrayal in films,
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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Bates Motel’ In UK; ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ To Close Edinburgh; BBC Worldwide & Foxtel

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In a significant first-run deal, Universal Channel has acquired A&E Network‘s Bates Motel for the UK. Handled overseas by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, the series is a contemporary prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock feature Psycho and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz and Nestor Carbonel. It debuted in the U.S. on March 18 and was renewed for a second run last week. Universal Channel acquired both seasons. Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E. Carlton Cruse, and Kerry Ehrin are exec producers. World’s Oldest Film Fest Adds ‘Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan In ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year, will close with Not Another Happy Ending. The film, directed by John McKay, stars erstwhile Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan along with Stanley Weber and Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick.
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