Filmed around the 1977 Edinburgh Film Festival, Long Shot is a deadpan satire about the trials and tribulations of British independent filmmaking which blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
While Charlie Gormley is playing a fictionalised version of himself in a fictional film, the people and events around him are real.
When he meets with his friend Billy (Bill Forsythe), he’s editing the documentary The Legend of Los Tayos (1979), which was a real documentary made by Forsythe and Gormley.
The film version of Charlie pitches to potential backers is an idea that involves the then-new Scottish oil boom, an idea that would eventually turn into Local Hero (1983).
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