Barney Thomson
Character: Barney
Original Release: July 24, 2015 (UK)
Directed by: Robert Carlyle
Written by: Richard Cowan, Colin McLaren, Douglas Lindsay
Produced by: John G. Lenic, Kaleena Kiff, Brian Coffey, Holly Brydson, Richard Cowan
Running Time: 96 minutes
Box Office: $1,329,376 (US)

Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.

Cast & Characters

Emma Thomson (Cemolina), James Cosmo (James Henderson), Ray Winstone (Holdall), Ashely Jensen (Detective Inspector June Robertson), Martin Compston (Chris), Kevin Guthrie (MacPherson), Tom Courtenay (Chief Superintendent McManaman), Brian Pettifer (Charlie), Samuel Robertson (Detective Sergeant Sam Jobson), Stephen McCole (Wullie)

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Filming Dates: June 6, 2014 - July 9, 2014
Filming Locations:
  • Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Red Road Flats, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • 11 Olympia Street, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • The Legend of Barney Thomson is Robert Carlyle's first film as director, although he has directed an episode of SGU: Star Gate Universe.)
  • Despite playing his mother, Emma Thompson is only 2 years older than Robert Carlyle. Thompson is born in 1959, Carlyle is born in 1961.
  • Near the beginning of the film, Barney asks the three men in the barbers why "none of you want your hair to get me?" When he says "By me?" he flourishes his hands similar to his (Robert Carlyle) character of Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon a Time.

Memorable Quotes

Barney: I'm 50 yrs old, got nothing to show for it. Live in this shitey flat/ not had a ride since Shakin Stephens had a number one, a mother who sticks her claws in like an old buzzard. A man by rights should live to reach his full potential and have a kick at the ball.

Barney: His Freezer was too wee!

Awards & Nominations

BAFTA Scotland Award as Best Feature Film
BAFTA Scotland Award as Best Actress - Emma Thompson
BAFTA Scotland Award as Best Actor - Robert Carlyle
BAFTA Scotland Award as Best Directing in Film or Television - Robert Carlyle
Canadian Cinema Editors Awards as Best Editing in Feature Film
Edinburgh International Film Festival as The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film
Evening Standard British Film Awards as Best Comedy - Emma Thompson
Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival as Audience Award - Robert Carlyle
Women Film Critics Circle Awards as Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award - Emma Thompson

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