I promised 2 competitions today, so here’s the second one. The kindly folk over at ICON Film Distribution have offered us three copies of both the book and DVD of Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson. The film picked up two major awards at the Scottish BAFTA’s over the weekend, one for Best Actress and the other for Best Film, so it sounds to be a prize well worth trying for.

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this page, but in the meantime, here’s some more information about The Legend of Barney Thomson to whet your appetite:

The Legend of Barney Thomson DVDBAFTA winning actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) is a tour de force both in the lead role of the ill-fated barber Barney and in directing his all-star cast including Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Ashley Jensen & Tom Courtenay.

THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON tells the tale of Barney (Carlyle), a hapless barber devoid of charm and ‘patter’ as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney’s mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall (Winstone) and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each other’s throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, Barney fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother, the formidable Glaswegian ‘good-time girl’, Cemolina (Thompson). There’s no turning back now and the path that lies ahead for Barney may yet be littered with more murderous consequences than he could have ever anticipated

Adapting his debut from the highly popular series of crime novels by Scottish author Douglas Lindsay, Carlyle has crafted a unique, timeless visual style for his story, filming at iconic locations in his beloved hometown of Glasgow. Equally deserving of iconic status is the character of Cemolina, spectacularly brought to life by Emma Thompson, dramatically aged into the role by Academy Award winning Make-up & Prosthetics Artist Mark Coulier (The Iron Lady, The Grand Budapest Hotel) to give a performance unlike anything she has done before. Supporting both is Ray Winstone, bringing his unique brand of menace and humour to the role of Barney’s nemesis, the Detective Inspector on his trail, and veteran actor Tom Courtenay in a very special cameo. Fittingly for this very home-grown story, Carlyle has also drawn on a wealth of Scottish acting talent to fill his cast, including Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, Kevin Guthrie, Stephen McCole and Samuel Robertson.

The Legend of Barney Thomson is out now on DVD in the UK, released by ICON Film Distribution.

Entering the Competition

To enter you simply need to share the competition on social media AND email us your details.

To use Twitter to share the competition, follow us @blueprintrev and copy and paste the following into a Tweet:

#bpcomp @blueprintrev Win The Legend of Barney Thomson DVD & book – http://blueprintreview.co.uk/2015/11/competition-the-legend-of-barney-thomson-book-dvd

Or you can share the page on Facebook by pasting the link or using the appropriate share icons below (don’t forget to ‘Like’ us too): www.facebook.com/bpreview

Once you’ve shared/tweeted the competition, you need to email us (subject – ‘Barney Thomson Competition’) with your name, Twitter/Facebook handle (whichever you used to share the competition) and postal address to: info@blueprintreview.co.uk

3 winners will be picked at random when the competition has closed. The competition is only open to residents of the UK – one entry per person and Blueprint: Review contributors are not eligible. The competition ends on 30th November 2015 at 12pm. Winners will be contacted by email soon after that date.

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