Television and Film from the Highlands of Scotland

American Cousins

Move on Up’s first feature film, won more than sixteen major international awards and was voted one of the top three Scottish feature films of all time in a poll by Scotland’s leading entertainment magazine, The List.

The film won BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR and AUDIENCE AWARD at the Milan International Film Festival; the only movie ever to win all three prizes. It also won two Scottish BAFTAs and was nominated for a UK BAFTA. It starred Shirley Henderson, Dan Heydeya, Gerard Lepkowski, Danny Nucci with a wee cameo from Vincent Pastore.



It was produced by Margaret Matheson, producer of the Oscar-winning Antonia’s Line and numerous British classics including Scum and Sid and Nancy. Directed by Coutts and edited by Cameron, three regular collaborators with Move on Up also worked on the movie: Screenwriter Sergio Casci, Director of Photography Jerry Kelly and Donald Shaw of top Celtic band Capercaillie, who scored the music. Plus we were lucky to work with more top Scottish Technicians like Andy Harris (Production Design) Lynne Aitken (Costume Design) Martin Bellshaw (Sound) and many many more.

Reviews
American Cousins is a real charmer. Gangsters, Scotland, fish suppers and automatic weapons, sweetly undeclared love… It sounds like Bill Forsyth territory but with more gumption and less whimsy. Well-paced, atmospheric, immensely likeable.
Financial Times
Local Hero meets The Sopranos. The best British rom-com / culture-clash comedy in years, - but don’t take my word for it. See this film and you’ll be smiling at strangers in the street for the rest of the day. Utterly adorable. *****
Hotdog
A charming and beautifully observed comedy.
Sunday Herald
I was immersed in the warmth of Sergio Casci’s script and Donald Coutts’s direction. It’s a very funny, loveable charmer with a heart as soft and sweet as a Tunnock’s Tea Cake.
Independent on Sunday
A charming, charming film.
Michael Parkinson, Radio 2
Donald Coutts has captured some Bill Forsyth magic in American Cousins. A sly and self assured dramatic comedy which compares favourably with such quirky gems as “Local Hero”, “Comfort and Joy” and “Waking Ned Devine”
Variety

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