23/04/81: Gregory's Girl (film) released in UK

On Thursday 23 April 1981 the full length romantic comedy film Gregory's Girl was released in the UK.

Set in an area of Cumbernauld, near Glasgow in Scotland, the film tells the story of the teenager Gregory Underwood, played by John Gordon Sinclair, and his awkward relationship with Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), who is brought into the school football team, eventually ousting Gregory from the squad.

He eventually manages to arrange a date with the attractive Dorothy but ends up going out with a friend of Dorothy's, Susan (Clare Grogan) instead.

The film was written and directed by Bill Forsyth who had only wanted non-professional actors in the film. Gregory's Girl won him the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1982. Forsyth went on to direct Local Hero (1983) and the less succesful Comfort and Joy (1984).
A sequel entitled Gregory's Two Girls, again written and directed by Forsyth and starring Sinclair, was released in 1999.

source: IMDb, wikipedia
film pics: theguardian.com

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