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Bill Douglas - My Best Friend

Country: United Kingdom, Language: English, 77 mins

  • Director: Jack Archer

CGiii Comment

There have been more films made about Bill Douglas than Bill Douglas made himself! Why all the interest in this relatively unknown/forgotten filmmaker?

That's the question that this film does not answer. Rather, Lynne Ramsay and Lenny Abrahamson [directors of fairly inaccessible films] pontificate and extol - falling on deaf ears to those not-in-the-know!

Prepare yourselves! Your Gaydar will be setting off alarm bells when Peter Jewell states that his friend and constant companion - Bill Douglas - was not homosexual whatsoever! Difficult to believe when you hear his affected accent - a far cry from the poverty-stricken, Scottish mining town where he was born and raised.

Faux aristocratic, latent and ridiculously over-hyped. So much was left unsaid, old-school loyalties don't make a good film. 

Why this was even considered for the Queer Lion award will remain a mystery!


The(ir) Blurb...

Bill Douglas was Scotland’s greatest film maker. Bill Douglas: My Best Friend tells the story of his life and work through the relationship that made it all possible, his tender lifelong friendship with Peter Jewell. With contributions from Brian Cox, Lynne Ramsay, Alex Norton and Lenny Abrahamson, as well as Peter himself.