Untitled Michael Caton-Jones Project (\N)

In 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they're more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition.
  • 6.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-12-27 Added:
  • Alan Warner, Writer:
  • Michael Caton-Jones, Director:
  • Brian Coffey, Laura Viederman, Producer:


6 / 10

Girls go mad in Edinburgh

A group of teenage Scottish girls get to escape from their Fort William catholic school and visit Edinburgh where their school choir is to perform in a competition. It's quite clear from the outset, that singing is the last thing they have on their minds - sex being the pre-eminent thing. When they arrive, the girls split up enabling Michael Caton-Jones to run a few parallel story lines involving sexuality, alcohol, bonding, quite a bit of shopping, some soul searching and oh, yes, more alcohol. Sadly for me, anyway, it just served to tick some boxes and reinforce some stereotypes. It is about time some films were made that demonstrate that women have just as many (and as varied) sexual appetites as their male counterparts - and this was an opportunity to bang that particular drum, but instead we get a series of stories that really don't penetrate at all. It's all just a bit immature, puerile - vulgar even; and the ending sums it all up. The acting is fine, and I'd be surprised not to see Abigail Lawrie ("Finnoula") or Tallulah Greive ("Orla") appearing in better roles as they get older. It's OK, this, but maybe more could have made of the opporchancity.

10 / 10

this is scottish nostalgia...

And a whip in the side of catholic school systems, the allmighty nuns, and a sprawling entertaining young choirgirls fantasies how the world of erotics and romantic functions.

The cast ensemble are deviously well chosen, the polarisation between the members of the crowd are just immense and the laughter and jokes flies like a spitfire doing the turmoil roll at full boost. They fit like a skiier in a condomsuit, and appears on the screen as if theyve been class mates for real...

the stashing, costumes, locations and production design arewell considered, the filmographic temperature and choice of dim colours makes this an open door back to the 90's. Soundtrack and quality of musical score is well chosen and executed, and when it comes to moral it gives the grumpy old man goosebumps all over my body. So let yourself be inspired of a gracious story about a crowd of young lassies from the scottish highlands entering the edinbourough castle and princess street with glitter, glamour and the voices of nightingales.

Its a recommend.

6 / 10

Strong feeling

Being a movie fans, I realized some good movies are being missed out, probably lack of promotion and not on Netflix. This is one of the good lovely movie people miss out. Just comfy when watching.

5 / 10

Oh man. It's just so average.

I'd love to have seen this in the hands of Lynne Ramsay, who adapted another of Alan Warner's brilliant books for cinema. I am referring to Morvern Callar. A great, sympathetic rendering of a great book.

Michael Caton-Jones, by contrast, has made a ham fist of this.

The Sopranos, the source material, by Alan Warner is a spiffing book.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, the stage play/musical, based on it, is one of the National Theatre of Scotland's finest hours.

Our Ladies, also based on it, is supremely average. It's just so....whatever.

It's absolutely bang on 5/10.

Completely average. Completely unremarkable. Terribly disappointing.

The script, in part, destroys the source material, but there are some laugh out loud moments. I'll give you that. But that's because of Alan Warner.

The casting is more patchy than my lawn.

The acting more variable than a digital radio in the Highlands.

But my real ire is reserved for time continuity. Our Ladies start at their School in Fort William at, let's say 8.45, but by 11 am they have driven to Edinburgh, rehearsed a choir competition, changed and hit the pubs before they are even open. Come on Michael (Caton-Jones).

And is the book not set in Oban?

The book is supremely feminist and lambasts its male characters but the movie simply caricaturises them. Every single man in this movie is poor (apart from the wee specky love interest of Orla).

It's directed with a lack of sympathy and it's poorly cast all round. I mean one of the girls was 27 when she played the part. Come on man.

I found it tolerable, but only just. I really could not be more ambivalent about this.


10 / 10

a great film - thoroughly enjoyable and acting was superb

Wasn't sure what to expect... choir singing, a story about girls; but Scotland is always a great setting for a film and the Scottish accent is, for me, amazing.

The girls were superb in their acting and each role was played fantastically. The story was very good, very, very good in fact and it had funny moments and sad moments.

I highly recommend this film and i've given this a well-deserved 10 for acting, script, setting, filming, funny/sad bits, realism, and the 'impact' when the film ended.