Winning smiles

Crying With Laughter, a bold, low budget, Scottish revenge thriller, has scooped the top prize of Best Film at this year’s Scottish BAFTA awards

tn_IMG_1384web The triple BAFTA-nominated debut feature film from writer-director Justin Molotnikov and Glasgow-based Synchronicity Films in co-production with Wellington Films of Nottingham, stars Stephen McCole as stand-up comedian Joey Frisk.

Joey’s foul–mouthed act has drawn interest from people in high places. Then he tells one little gag about an old school pal, who just happens to be in the audience, and things begin to unravel. Suddenly Frank (Malcolm Shields) is everywhere Joey goes, wanting to talk about the old days…


“We are absolutely thrilled with this award. It’s a great accolade for Scottish film-making and recognition of Scottish talent,” said director Justin Molotnikov. See below for a full list of the award winners.

Crying With Laughter, co-funded by Scottish Screen, EM Media and BBC Scotland, has already played in competition at EIFF 09 where it was nominated for a Michael Powell Award as well as Dinard Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and next year’s Rotterdam Film Festival.

Producers Claire Mundell of Synchronicity Films and Rachel Robey & Al Clark of Wellington Films, have just secured UK Distribution for the film, which will be on general release spring 2010. A US deal is also pending.

Visit the site for Crying with Laughter

Title: Crying with Laughter
Writer / Director – Justin Molotnikov
Lead Producer – Claire Mundell
Producers – Rachel Robey, Al Clark
Line Producer – Brian Kazcinsky
Director of Photography – Martin Radich
Original Score – Lorne Balfe
Production Design – Mike McLaughlin
Sound – Chris Campion
Editor – Gary Scott

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