Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle currently in Scotland filming The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson

Glasgow’s famous Saracen Head pub will be a location in the new dark comedy thriller starring Emma Thompson

The old, and supposedly haunted, Saracen Head pub in Glasgow was used in a scene with Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) this week, where they shot parts for new movie The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson.


This British-Canadian co-production is directed by Carlyle, who will also star as the lead in the movie. In the film, he will play Glasgow barber Barney Thompson, whose uninteresting life is flipped upside-down when he meets a serial killer.

Emma Thompson will also star in the movie, as Barney’s mum, while Winston will play a cop trying to catch the murderer. Brian Pettifer (Amadeus), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty), Kevin Guthrie (Restless) and Stephen McCole (Rushmore) will also feature in the movie.

Based on the first story in a set of black comedy crime novels, a ‘barbershop death junky’ by Douglas Lindsay, it’s possible there could be more movies from the original series.

The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson is set for release in 2015.


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