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THE CASK LIST; Stars of new Scots whisky movie lap up the limelight at glamour screening.

Byline: Beverley Lyons

THE stars of Scotland's latest critically acclaimed movie basked in the spotlight last night at the film's glamour UK premiere.

Fresh from a standing ovation the Cannes Film Festival, the young cast of The Angels' Share, directed Ken Loach, were given the red carpet treatment at Glasgow's Cineworld.

Actors Paul Brannigan, Gary Maitland, William Ruane and Jasmin Riggins were joined by other stars including John Henshaw and Siobhan Reilly as well writer and director Peter Mullen.

The film tells the story of Robbie, played by Paul, who narrowly avoids jail and plans to turn over a new leaf.

A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out their bleak lives.

Last night, the cast said they were thrilled to have represented Scotland at Cannes and Paul, 24, admitted he was amazed by the reaction there.

He said: "We got a standing ovation from more than 2500 people. It was the same feeling I had when my son Leo was born."

SUBTITLES And youth worker Paul threatened to leave the film premiere if they showed it with subtitles.

He said: "If they had put subtitles on, I would have walked out. We are in Glasgow and there's no need for subtitles here. We need to respect who we are."

Paul has received lots of attention since the promo for the film appeared on billboards and buses.

He said: "I've had a few people asking for signatures and one woman pulled her top up for one - but she was about 60."

Paul's co-star Jasmin has also been amazed by her new fame.

She said: "It has been such a ball.

Cannes was amazing. I want to do it all over again."

Actor William Ruane, who also starred in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, added: "It's funny seeing us in the kilts in the poster. They were actually so itchy."

Co-star Gary Maitland said of his return to film after appearing in Loach's Tickets and Sweet Sixteen: "I'm hoping it will help me to go into this as a career."

Loach heaped praise on the stars. He said: "We found so much talent in Scotland. There are lots of good people here."

JASMIN Riggins is to star in River City soon - as a prostitute. She said: "I play a character called Charlene. It's good I can do it after The Angels' Share has put a spotlight on me."


SHARE PLAY J Director Ken Loach flanked by star John Henshaw and screenwriter Paul Laverty LOOKING DRAM FINE J Film stars Gary Maitland, Paul Brannigan and William Ruane REAR WE JGO Jasmin Riggins. Left, Paul Brannigan with girlfriend Cherie Coutts
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Date:May 30, 2012
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