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In an interview on the film, Karen Gillan admitted that she was really nervous filming the nude scene. It was the 1st time Karen Gillan ever appeared nude on-screen.
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Karen Gillan, Iain De Caestecker and Henry Ian Cusick went on to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gillan starred as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), De Caestecker joined the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) as Leo Fitz and Cusick became a guest star in Inhumans (2017) as Dr. Evan Declan.
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Stanley Weber replaced originally cast Emun Elliott as Tom, which lead filmmakers to write into the script, Tom's French background and an explanation on how a Frenchman ended up in Glasgow to be a publisher.
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The film was financed in part by a crowdfunding campaign on the website Indiegogo, which raised USD$22,660. Additional funding came through the efforts of producer Claire Mundell, who "[patch-worked] a bunch of different sources of funding together, none of whom interfered in any kind of way with the film turned out".
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A scene that was cut from the film saw Tom (Stanley Weber) crying reading about the death of the lead character's mother in Jane's book and saying that they're "manly tears" and Jane (Karen Gillan) tells Tom that her mother died when she was 7 and that her dad abandoned her and that she wished she knew where he was.
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Karen Gillan came onto the project following her heart breaking departure from "Doctor Who".
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Opening film for the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 19, 2014.
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The British Board of Film Classification gave the film the 12A rating and was passed uncut.
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Karen Gillan has always been artistic in her performances as indicated by her work in The Kevin Bishop Show and perhaps why she had no qualms in doing the nude scene in Not Another Happy Ending despite admitting her nervousness in doing it in an interview.
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Closing film of the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Jane gets writer's block after writing 36 chapters of her second book. 36 is also the number of years that the older Amy Pond had been alone in the Doctor Who episode The Girl Who Waited. Both Jane Lockhart and Amy Pond were played by Karen Gillan.
Karen Gillan's nude scene with the way it ended is essentially the male payback to her debut as Amy Pond in Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour when she refuses to look away when the Doctor was changing.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 opener The Ghost in 2016 had a similar scene to the Jane nude scene in Not Another Happy Ending when AIDA (Mallory Jensen) appeared naked in front of Fitz and Fitz is played by Iain De Caestecker who had earlier played Roddy in Not Another Happy Ending.
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Darsie is only visible to Jane, yet several times she interacts with objects in the physical world: writing lipstick on the mirror, holding a glass of wine, picking a coat off the rack in the shop. She also hands the phone to Jane when she is writing naked. Later she hands her the partially-eaten chocolate. Usually when Darsie does this, she and Jane are alone. However, Tom is with them for the last and would have seen a disembodied chocolate floating into Jane's hand.
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Although the film wasn't released on the big screen or on DVD in New Zealand. The film premiered on the Rialto channel on the Sky television network in that country on September 1st 2016.
During Jane's nude scene, Darsie was reading a magazine about Batman. In 2017 Karen Gillan at Florida Comic Con was asked which other character in fandom she would like to play other than Doctor Who (where she played Amy Pond) and Guardians of the Galaxy (where she played Nebula) and her answer was the female Joker. The Joker is an adversary of Batman.
Karen Gillan's nude scene in which her breasts were strategically hidden but not her bum was in a similar manner to Jennifer Aniston's nude scene in The Break-Up (2006). Karen referenced The Break-Up herself later on in Selfie: Perestroika where she played Eliza Dooley.
Karen Gillan starring in the film as Jane Lockhart was foreshadowed in Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan (2012). Which the detective novel "Melody Malone" which The Doctor (Matt Smith) is seen reading at the beginning of the episode and is revealed at the end to be written by The Doctor's companion Amy Pond. Karen Gillan played Amy Pond in Doctor Who (2005).
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Gary Lewis had previously worked with Alex Kingston in 2003's "Boudica: Warrior Queen". Alex Kingston played Karen Gillan's on-screen daughter in the revived series of "Doctor Who".
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At the beginning of Jane's nude scene, Darsie says that she would only do nudity for plot purposes. This nude scene has been set up for plot purposes as Jane was writing her book in the nude. The lead up to the nude scene was set in place earlier when Jane was having writer's block and Willie suggested that the writer's block could be lifted by writing in the nude. Jane accuses Willie of making this suggestion so he could see her breasts.
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Karen Gillan said that she watched Annie Hall as part of her research for her role as Jane Lockhart. Producer Claire Mundell said in an interview included in the Not Another Happy Ending DVD release that Jane Lockhart had an Annie Hall-feel to her. The clothes that Karen Gillan wore in Not Another Happy Ending are similar to those worn by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall.
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Included in the Not Another Happy DVD release is the trailer of Forget Me Not (2010). In both movies their respective principal female stars were their respective movies only nude performer. However whereas Genevieve O'Reilly's breasts can be seen in Forget Me Not, in Not Another Happy, Karen Gillan's breasts were strategically hidden on-screen.
Gary Lewis had starred opposite Alex Kingston in Warrior Queen (2003). Alex Kingston played Karen Gillan's on-screen daughter in Doctor Who (2005).
Not Another Happy Ending is a 2013 Scottish Romantic Comedy Drama from John McKay and the films stars Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Gary Lewis and Henry Ian Cusick. In the film, Stanley Weber stars an arrogant book publisher whom sets out to make a successful first time novelist (Karen Gillan) unhappy in order to help overcome her writer's block by plotting to get rid of her estranged father (Gary Lewis) and her screenwriter boyfriend (Henry Ian Cusick) but something happens he does not expect: he falls in love with her.
During Jane's nude scene, Darsie could be seen reading a magazine about Batman. Perhaps this was presented as a contrast to Jane being nude in this scene and that is whilst Batman has something to hide with his disguise, Jane has nothing to hide with absolutely literally nothing to wear.
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Karen Gillan is a redhead and shares scenes with the non-redhead Amy Manson. Amy Manson herself did later become a redhead when she played Brave's Merida in Once Upon A Time and prior this casting of Manson, Karen Gillan, due to her being redhead, was long speculated to play Merida herself in Once Upon A Time.
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Although it was Karen Gillan's 1st nude scene. Karen Gillan had appeared nude in the "Lynda La Plante's 'The Charmer'" sketch in "The Kevin Bishop Show". Although it is implied that she is nude, only her bare shoulders and upper chest were seen.
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Karen Gillan and Kate Dickie were previously in the movie Outcast in 2010 and Amy Manson was in the similarly named TV series Outcasts in the following year 2011.
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When Roddy walks into Tom's office holding a hockey stick, there is a round red object on Tom's desk, on top of a pile of papers. This is a Pomodoro mechanical timer, which in the shape of a tomato and is used by people to help with writer's block.
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The film was not released in New Zealand.
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Kate Dickie was in Game of Thrones in which one of her co-stars was Sophie Turner. Sophie Turner is a redhead like Karen Gillan and Karen later revealed she got mistaken for Sophie Turner.
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In one of his attempts to make Jane unhappy, Tom uses Roddy to con Willie to meet with Steven Soderbergh about adapting Jane's novel into a motion picture. By doing this, Tom and Roddy have broken the law which is fraud which is a crime and in the UK people who violate that law could face a 7 - 10 year prison sentence if found guilty in the court of law. It wouldn't had been good for Tom and Roddy if Willie had worked out that Tom and Roddy did it and the meeting with Steven Soderbergh was a set up, he could had charges pressed against them and Tom and Roddy could be facing time behind bars.
While Jane sits naked at her computer, Darsie says that she will not do nudity unless it is essential to the plot. Jane's naked scene is essential to the plot, since it changes her relationship with Tom from an adversarial one to a more cordial one.