Bumping the Odds

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After doing a documentary on Glasgow loan sharks, director Ron Rohrer reworked the subject into a TV drama with a screenplay by Rona Munro, who previously scripted documentary material into drama for Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994). In Glasgow, Lynette (Shirley Henderson) is friends with redhead Terry (Sharon Small) and dates petty criminal Andy (Joe McFadden). Terry's promise to her pal Lynette is that one day they can take the high road -- a vacation trip to Loch Lomond. Despite warnings from Andy, Lynette piles up debts and trouble looms. Lynette and Terry find the bonds of their friendship strained, as Terry has to make her way through the violent loan-shark world to help her friend. Shot in Super-16 with distinctive, hand-held camerawork by Barry Ackroyd (Under the Skin), this film was originally made for BBC Scotland and shown at the 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival's New British Expo. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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