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Smash hit Scottish film aims for Burns night download debut

By Alan Beresford

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BURNS night is set to be an extra special one for smash hit Scottish film.

Schemers will hit DVD and downlaod on Burns night.
Schemers will hit DVD and downlaod on Burns night.

Lightbulb Film Distribution have announced that the multi award-winning and critically acclaimed music biopic Schemers will be hitting DVD and digital download January 25.

The movie smashed expectations earlier this year and scored the highest new box office entry during its opening weekend in September, following its wins at the Edinburgh Film Festival and New York Winter Film Awards.

Schemers is based on the true story surrounding music promoter David McLean's stream of ambitious gigs in 1980s, which included Simple Minds, XTC, Ultravox, The Skids and Iron Maiden. Celebrating youthful ambition the film features a great classic indie soundtrack from 70s and 80s.

Shot in and around Dundee, Schemers features Conor Berry's award winning on-screen debut as well as Tara Lee (The Fall), Sean Connor (Anna and the Apocalypse) and Grant R Keelan (The Devil's Machine).

It follows Davie (Conor Berry) who is a dreamer from the council schemes of Dundee, who is constantly hustling for his next buck, then losing it on the horses.

After a football injury, Davie falls for trainee nurse Shona (Tara Lee) and tries to impress her by running a disco. Along with friends John and Scot, the trio start promoting bands – culminating in a hugely ambitious Iron Maiden gig at the Caird Hall, Dundee.

With ambition so grand they go deep in debt with Fergie, a gangster of legendary violence, Davie needs to use every trick to pull off the biggest scheme of his life.

Commenting on the release, Matthew Kreuzer, Commercial Director at Lightbulb Film Distribution, said: “We are delighted to be releasing this independent film. Schemers is a based on McLean’s incredible true story and is thoroughly entertaining.

"Following its 217-screen UK cinema release, we’re excited that audiences will soon be able to watch this fantastic film at home.”

Writer/director Dave McLean added: “I’m proud to be from Dundee. The people have got a real spirit.

"And a great sense of humour. I really wanted to represent Dundee as a positive place, because it is.”

Pre-order your digital copy at https://itunes.apple.com/ and DVD at https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Black Factory Films was set up by Dave McLean and Alex Weston to produce a series of films linking drama with music. Schemers is their debut film and features the early years of Dave McLean's promoting escapades in Dundee. Future projects concern the prequel and sequels to Schemers as well as a spin off TV series.

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