New Irvine Welsh Film Rejected For 'Not Being Scottish Enough'

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A Irvine Welsh-penned movie documenting the rise of ex-Oasis boss Alan McGee has been turned down for funding by arts agency Creative Scotland – for not being Scottish enough.

The story of the Creation Records founder - who discovered Oasis in Glasgow, and managed both Primal Scream and Jesus & Mary Chain – will feature Trainspotting star Ewan Bremner in the lead role.

Weirdly enough, Miley Cyrus is set to take the role of a music journalist, and Harry Potter star Nick Moran is penned in to direct.

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Two films adapted from Welsh novels – Filth and Porno – were funded by the arts agency in the past.

But according to The Scotsman, they insist that an "experienced Scottish-based producer" work on the film – a disagreement that could see filming moved to Wales or Yorkshire.

In reaction to the decision, Moran said: "The movie couldn't be more Scottish.

"The script is written by Edinburgh's most famous writer, it's all about Scotland's most successful record entrepreneur, who gave the world two of Scotland's most successful rock bands, and it stars Ewen Bremner.

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"How can it not be Scottish enough? Creative Scotland basically said that since Irvine didn't live in Scotland any more he didn't sound as Scottish.

"Irvine was spitting teeth when he found out.

"I e-mailed Creative Scotland back to say 'What if we co-produced it with the Bay City Rollers and got Nicola Sturgeon to play Alan McGee?'.

"Irvine was saying he couldn't be more Scottish if he was in a kilt, playing the bagpipes and had a haggis hanging out his a***."

In reaction, a Creative Scotland spokesman said: "This is an interesting project with potential.

"However, in line with our published guidance, the original application was assessed as not eligible as there was no confirmed finance, and sales and distribution interest.

"We advised that a subsequent application could be considered when the project is at a more advanced stage and that the involvement of an experienced, Scottish-based producer would strengthen that application."