That Sinking Feeling


Forsyth's 1980 comedy hits the spot

Bill Forsyth’s directorial feature debut is a gentle piss-take on heist movies. A bunch of amiably feckless Glasgow lads, led by the out-to-lunch Ronnie (Robert Buchanan), decide to get rich by nicking a warehouseful of stainless steel sinks – but predictably, nothing goes quite to plan. Shot on 16mm for a near-zero budget, Sinking is daft, meandering and utterly charming.

Quite rightly, the BFI have restored the original Glaswegian dialogue (a blander version was subsequently dubbed over to appease Stateside ears) and added a generous slab of extras, including several of Forsyth’s early shorts as director and as actor.

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