Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Brother to Tom Hanks

Scottish actor Martin Docherty's recent professional adventure generated a good title and an even better logline: 'Marty Goes to Hollywood is a film with no budget about a guy in a film with a big budget.'

The 50-minute documentary, tied to Docherty's plum role of Tom Hanks' Irish brother in 2012 Warner Bros. film Cloud Atlas (shot partly in Glasgow), won the Best Factual Film prize at BAFTA Scotland's 2015 New Talent Awards and premiered on the BBC December 29th. Next month, the film - co-directed by Ian Bustard and Martyn Robertson - is scheduled to tour Scotland.

Continuing in the same enterprising spirit that saw the filmmakers grassroots-fund Docherty's trip Hollywood to try and crack the big Chinese Theatre premiere of Cloud Atlas, this gang plans to leverage the upcoming road show for further film fodder. From a recent report in the Daily Record:

"The project is about getting people who wouldn't normally go and see things in the cinema, into a cinema for the night," said Docherty. "We will be handing out free tickets and encouraging people to come along." The tour will also be filmed and will feature as part of the next project by the filmmakers.

The documentary was co-produced by UK's Bustard Productions and Glasgow's Urbancroft Films. If we can make one suggestion about the upcoming Scottish tour for Marty Goes to Hollywood, it is that they try to rope in a certain fellow filmmaker to a screening and post-event pint. Bill Forsyth, the Scottish writer-director who burst on the scene in the early 1980s with Gregory's Girl, turns 70 this year.

A highlight of the film involves Docherty's comped visit to the Tikkun Holistic Spa, a fancy joint in Santa Monica patronized by Hollywood celebrities. A critical development that occurs there is framed with the spoken words: "He just had his ass steamed..."

There are no dates posted yet for the tour.

[Marty Goes to Hollywood]

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