Monday, 12 March 2012

Martin Compston: The Wee Man commences filming in Glasgow

Defiant movie-makers flouted a police ban on shooting scenes for a flick about former gangster Paul Ferris in Scotland last week. Cop chiefs had warned they could not allow filming for The Wee Man to go ahead in the ex-hood's home city of Glasgow. But Ferris was on set yesterday as director Ray Burdis and his crew ignored them by recording at locations including the iconic Red Road flats.

Last night Ferris, 46, said: "Filming went very well. We blagged our way into the Red Road flats and got some fantastic panoramic shots.

"The police did not turn up, but we would have been polite if they had."

The Wee Man stars Sweet Sixteen's Martin Compston in the lead role and fellow Scot John Hannah as crimelord Tam 'The Licensee' McGraw.

Last November, we told how the Strathclyde force warned film makers Carnaby International it would "not be appropriate" to film in Glasgow. So the city's streets had to be recreated in a London warehouse.

But last night Burdis said: "I feel very strongly that we need some authentic Glasgow scenes — so I decided to film as much as I can until we are physically prevented from doing so."

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "We declined to assist in facilitating in this production."

Read more: The Scottish Sun


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