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Jealous Alan

Betwixt 1980's Edinburgh and Glasgow, Alan discovers his best friend Stuart and Angela are secretly dating, jealousy drives him to foil it and wrestle where his passions really lay.

  • Martin Clark
    Exchange & Mart
  • James Heath
    The Fitzroy, Biopunk
  • Ryan Hunter
    Key Cast
    What we did on our Holiday
  • Elysia Welch
    Key Cast
    "Angela "
    Eternal Beauty
  • Kate Dickie
    Key Cast
    Prometheus, The Witch, Game of Thrones
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Super 16mm
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Director Biography - Martin Clark

I’m a Glasgow-based filmmaker with a wide-ranging experience that moves between documentary, drama and artist’s film. Commissioners include, BBC Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art, Creative Scotland, and Artangel.
I studied at Glasgow School of Art, gaining a first class BA in Fine Art Photography and then gaining an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. A love of portraiture drew me at first to documentary, which taught me how to shoot and edit the moving image.
In 2014 I co-directed the short drama, ‘Exchange & Mart’ which premiered at Sundance and went on to play at the Berlinale and many international film festivals. It won Best British Short at Leeds International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival and was nominated for a Scottish Bafta.
In 2016 I attended the inaugural Bellrock: Creative Scotland Screenwriting Workshops, where I wrote my first feature length script, ‘Trumpets nor Drums’.
In 2018 I met producer James Heath and we were awarded funding to make a new short film through SFTN’s Emerging Talent strand called, ‘Jealous Alan’.
I love storytelling and my ambition is to continue to make inspiring, funny and moving work.

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Director Statement

The film is loosely based on my own late teen experiences and I wanted to explore themes of jealousy, status, friendship, masculine bravado and the fear of being left behind. I grew up in a small village between Edinburgh and Glasgow, no mans land, or as a friend of my mother once called it, the arsehole of Scotland.

We had to invent our personalities, and engage our imaginations to make us feel that a future was to be had. With no money to get to the city and the only pub that served underagers, ‘Pennys’, was closed down for exactly that reason. We had to create our own entertainment. A weekend would involve a combination of Sega megadrive, smoking hashish, drinking cheap wine, listening to records and trading porn magazines.

We dreamed of moving to the city but had yet to work out how. We’ll get there eventually we thought… The film is set during a time when you’re so close to going your own way you can smell it, but for the moment, you have to make do with how it’s always been.