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Gregory's Girl

Screening on Film
Directed by Bill Forsyth.
With John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D’Arcy.
UK, 1981, 35mm, color, 91 min.
Print source: HFA

While films had been made in Scotland since the silent era, the notion of a Scottish cinema seemed to have burst forth with the release of a single work, Bill Forsyth’s debut feature. Essentially a coming-of-age story, Gregory’s Girl reimagines the conventional elements of the genre by thoroughly immersing the tale in its small-town Scottish setting. The title character in this charming comedy is a headstrong girl who strikes a feminist blow against gender bias in a high-school soccer program, an intervention that causes widespread consternation among the locals and admiration-turned-affection on the part of one lanky young footballer named Gregory.

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