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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published January 14th 2021
Is this the best new British movie in years?
Refreshing new Scottish film Schemers is released on DVD and Download this month. Along with a blistering soundtrack and heartfelt characters, here's why else you should add this to your must-see movie list.

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Schemers is full of heart and music


With a classic indie soundtrack and a vivacious cast of Scottish characters, it's no wonder Schemers has been likened to Trainspotting.

Set in 1979, this bright, fun youthful film is bursting with energy and a perfect escape as you follow three friends attempting to put on a gig in Dundee. Based on a true story, the film was written by music manager David McLean about his early years in the music business as a fledgling promoter, before he moved to London to work with everyone from Nirvana to Pearl Jam and Green Day and Placebo.

The film, which had its release delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, has already won the Audience Award at Edinburgh Film Festival and Best Director and Best Actor at the New York Winter Film Awards.

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One of the most refreshing films of recent years


It's surprising that this is Conor Berry's debut as likeable lead Davie, who is extremely watchable as he hustles his way to running a disco and holding an Iron Maiden gig in the city while avoiding the wrath of local gangster Fergie. Alongside Berry is Tara Lee, from The Fall, as his romantic interest Shona, plus Sean Connor and Grant R. Keelan.

Fun and full of great '70s and '80's anthems, Schemers is a fresh film full of energy and electrifying performances.

Schemers will be available on DVD & Digital Download from January 25. You can pre-order your digital copy here or order the DVD here.


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Why? See the most exciting new Scottish film in years
When: January 25, 2021
Where: Digital release and DVD
Cost: From 9.99
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