COMPETITION – The Legend of Barney Thomson


Christmas will soon be here so it’s time for the first of our seasonal competitions!

This time we have three copies of Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson from Icon Film Distribution up for grabs.

The film tells the story of tells the tale of Barney (Carlyle) – a hapless barber devoid of charm and ‘patter’ as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney’s mediocre, mundane life is about to be transformed when he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of a serial killer after accidentally killing his boss. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall (Winstone), and a testosterone-driven local Police task force who are at each other’s throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, Barney fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother – the formidable Glaswegian ‘good-time girl’ Cemolina (Thompson). There’s no turning back now and the path that lies ahead for Barney may yet be littered with more murderous consequences than he could have ever anticipated.

This darkly comic tale of mishaps and murders has been extremely well-received by critics across the UK (including our very own Graham Williamson on our dedicated movie podcast Cinema Eclectica). It has also just won “Best Film” and “Best Actress” at the Scottish BAFTA’s

In order to win a copy of the movie all you have to do is like and share the Facebook posts for this competition (leave us a comment too if you like), retweet one of the relevant tweets, +1 the relevant post on Google +, or simply send an email containing your name and address to (oh, and please don’t forget to title your message “Barney And Me”).


This competition is open to everyone over the age of 15 in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland except for members of The Geek Show. The competition will close at midnight (GMT), on Monday the 23rd of November 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the social media the following day.

Special thanks go to Emfoundation for letting us run this competition

The Legend of Barney Thomson is available now.

The Geek Show - Competition - The Legend of Barney Thomson Cover

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Co-founder of The Geek Show Podcast Network. Chief Editor and Executive Producer of, and tangentially overburdened host/co-presenter of several shows on the network. When I'm not engaged in production, journalistic shenanigans or the quagmire that is media criticism I watch movies, interesting TV shows and anime, I also enjoy the arts (you know, classical music and stuff), write many, many things, play and collect a lot of video games, read lots of manga, comics and books, and generally enjoy wallowing in the mass of entertainment media like a hippo in mud. I can also cook.

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