2 items from 2011
A Spanking In Paradise is the story of a quiet newly graduated lawyer who decides to help his uncle working at his brothel for a month. The film, billed as a dark comedy, delves into the seedy underbelly of Edinburgh’s brothels, supposedly based on director Wayne Thallon’s own experiences.
The film was one of Edinburgh International Film Festival’s official selections and was filmed over the course of three weeks in January 2010. On the website, it’s billed as the “Scottish Four Lions” and “the movie hit to rival Trainspotting”.
Are these reviews accurate? In a word, no. The film does it’s best to emulate the dialogue of a Tarantino film injected with humour, rambling Scottish gangster stories are the order of the day as we’re introduced to Uncle Rab, »
If the title doesn’t get you first, the promise of ‘a comedy set in a brothel’ ought to. Think ‘Scottish Four Lions’ for deadpan underdog calamities, and you get the idea. Writer-director Wayne Thallon’s 2011 Edinburgh Film Festival closer, A Spanking In Paradise, is a spankin’, swind screamer of pure shant lunacy, right from the grubby black heart of Edinburgh’s underworld.
Naïve, young lawyer Justin (Andrew Hawley) has one month to wait for his Us visa, and decides to spend it visiting long-lost family in Edinburgh. His charismatic Uncle Rab (Simon Weir) is a hard-nosed brothel owner who loves his Mum, but has a rep to protect, and sets about having his nephew working on the reception and doing thankless errands. Justin soon finds that the job is more purgatory than paradise, as he comes in contact with a whole number of dubious characters – but can he keep »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
2 items from 2011
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