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photoShooting wraps on the premiere episodes of ORDINARY LIES, an intriguing new 9pm drama from Red productions for BBC1, written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring Michelle Keeghan, Jason Manford and McKenzie Crook – with a host of others.


John McKay and STICK selected for EIFF New Talent

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 12.34.42John McKay extends his work as a writer-producer, bringing his US-set horror-thriller script to EIFF as part of the New Talent Lab 2014, which taps up-and-comers for pairing with experienced partners and mentors on promising feature projects.

For more info and other participants see here

Victory for Scotland!

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.31.56Powerhouse 2-part BBC documentary The Quest for Bannockburn is previewing now ahead of its UK tx on 2nd and 9th of June – with epic battle scenes directed by John McKay and amazing post-FX from Glasgow coders Once Were Farmers. Catch a sneak preview of the action below:

NAHE lights up CIFF!

No photos please! Director John Mckay gambols with festival director Marcie Goodman and board president Mark Smith as Not Another Happy Ending makes its US debut in front of 2000 delighted festival goers in Cleveland

Not Another Happy Ending Opens CIFF

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Not Another Happy Ending has the honour of opening the Cleveland International Film Festival this Wednesday 19th March – see you there!




SHETLAND rocks the ratings!


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After a pilot story last year, brooding crime thriller Shetland returns to BBC1, with director John McKay drafted in to supercharge the bleak Scandi look and feel of the show ready for its first series run. Something worked, because the most remote archipelago of the UK grabbed the lion’s share of the nation’s viewers when it premiered on March 11th.

“A gripping police drama. And beautiful to look at.” said Sam Wollaston in The Guardian

Where to see NAHE from October 11th in the UK

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 22.26.45For details of where to see fabulous wee scots romcom Not Another Happy Ending from next weekend, click here - and bring a gaggle of friends!





NAHE wins UK distribution!

Following its gala debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival Not Another Happy Ending has signed a UK distribution deal with Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

The movie opens nationwide on October 11th – in what promises to be a bumper month for Scottish cinema.

Not Another Happy Ending Premieres!

The cast and crew of Not Another Happy Ending  joined Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber on the red carpet at Edinburgh’s amazing Festival Theatre on Sunday night, as the movie’s premiere gala closed the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013.

With a great response from two capacity screenings, they then went on to have a good time at the closing party – in the traditional scottish sense!

Not Another Happy Ending gets its first trailer

Headed for its world premier on June 30th, NAHE unleashes its first trailer, with storming music from soundtrack stars Huevo and the Giant and Teen Canteen