The National Gallery begins this year’s ‘Classic Tuesdays’ programme with the airing of the romantic comedy Gregory’s Girl.
Set in Scotland in Abronhill district of Cumbernauld near the town Glasgow, Gregory’s Girl is written and directed by Scottish Director Bill Forsyth. The film tells of the efforts of a hapless, tall clumsy and awkward but cheerful schoolboy (Gregory) played by John Gordon Sinclair to survive the disasters of school life.
His life is dramatically changed when he is sidelined from the failing football team and replaced by a girl named Dorothy. His bad luck seems to get worse as the girl replacement changes the fortunes of the school team and becomes popular and admired by the male population of the school. Gregory soon realises that he is in love with her and has to find the courage to ask her out. The path of true love especially for Gregory is not smooth and as the film climaxes it is full of surprises. According to the press release Gregory’s Girl recreates a school world peopled not only by teenage boys obsessed with engaging the opposite sex and running schemes to make money but also by equally eccentric staff members.
The release states that Forsyth received a nomination for Best Director at the British Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) in 1982 and won the BAFTA Best Screenplay award that same year. He is also listed as making other successful comedies such as Local Hero (1983) and Comfort and Joy (1984).
The National Gallery wants the public to be aware that there is no cost to see the film which will be aired on Tuesday, January 15 and its duration is 1 hour 31 minutes. It starts at 6 pm.