Filming has begun on the big-screen adaptation of Alan Warner’s award-winning novel The Sopranos.
Set over the course of a single day, the coming-of-age comedy is set in Scotland in the 1990s and follows a choir of Catholic school girls on a trip to Edinburgh for a music competition.
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones (Memphis Belle, Rob Roy, This Boy’s Life, Asher), the film is being produced by Sony Pictures International Productions and is supported by Screen Scotland.
Cast members include Eve Austin, Tallulah Greive, Abigail Lawrie, Sally Messham, Rona Morison, Marli Siu and Kate Dickie and David Hayman
“It’s hard not to understand Michael’s passion for this material and why he bought the novel 20 years ago out of his own pocket,” said Laine Kline, Head of Sony Pictures International Productions.
“This project provides the audience with a rare unadulterated look into the lives of these young woman as they face life’s challenges with raw humor and courage.”
Michael Caton-Jones said, “Since optioning Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos in 1998, the project’s development has been a labour of love and I am absolutely thrilled to be making the film now.
“It was always fundamental that the spirit of these fantastic strong female characters was brought to life accurately – and our six hugely talented young actresses are doing that in spades. I am also ecstatic to return to Scotland, my homeland, to shoot this particular film.”
“We are delighted to be supporting the film adaptation of Alan Warner’s iconic novel The Sopranos,” commented Jennifer Armitage, Screen Scotland.
“This coming of age story of young women in Scotland has captivated audiences for many years, both in the original novel and its adaptation for stage.
“While the world has transformed since the 1990s, the wit and energy of The Sopranos is as fresh, and as raw, as ever. This is a wonderful opportunity for bold performances by a cast of young women, challenging conventional perceptions and portrayals of women in film.
“The project is being shot in Scotland and will be brought to life by the immense experience of director Michael Caton-Jones.”