Karen Gillan’s first foray into movies after her departure from Doctor Who is set to close this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending is 25-year-old Gillan’s first major project since leaving Amy Pond and the Doctor behind in November last year, as well as her first starring role in a feature film. It will get its premiere in the prestigious final slot at the festival on 30 June.
The Glasgow-set movie casts Scottish-born Gillan as Jane Lockhart, a best-selling author who is secretly in love with her publisher Thomas Duval (played by Stanley Weber).
Jane only feels creative when she is unhappy, but her recent success has left her with writer’s block. So when Duval’s career begins to flounder it’s down to him to inspire Jane to put pen to paper again by making sure she’s miserable…
Chris Fujiwara, creative director of the 67th Edinburgh International FIlm Festival, said the movie would add “just the right note of celebration” to the end of the event and showed a lesser-known side to Scottish filmmaking.
“Speaking as somebody who, before coming to Scotland, knew Scotland partly through its portrayal in films, I’m really excited to find in Not Another Happy Ending a fresh, interesting and almost idyllic take on the cultural vibrancy of Scottish city life,” said Fujiwara.
“The film also shows how well the time-honoured genre of romantic comedy can work in the contemporary Scottish context.
“My idea of Scottish films had tended to be those which were both gritty and romantic. Gritty would be films like Trainspotting, which is known all over the world, and the romantic would be smaller films like Whisky Galore and Brigadoon set in the Highlands.”
The 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival runs 19-30 June.
Karen Gillan is currently filming US action comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV.