Robert Carlyle on The Legend of Barney Thomson

The stars were out in the Scottish capital last night as the Edinburgh International Film Festival got underway in style, with the world premiere of Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson.

Alan Laidlaw was on the red carpet to catch up with the legendary actor – and now director.

Here he talks about how the film came about, and what it was like to film in his hometown of Glasgow:

Actor Martin Compston reveals he was “intimidated at first” by the prospect of working with Carlyle – but in actual fact the man who played Begbie in Trainspotting was “encouraging from start to finish”:

Veteran actor James Cosmo also paid tribute to Carlyle for creating a “warm and happy set”:

Read our review of The Legend of Barney Thomson

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Main image: Robert Carlyle with co-star Ashley Jensen – PA