McPhee intersperses the talking head interviews with darkened, hazy glimpses of Edinburgh itself in an attempt to recapture the air of the time. It works mostly, but the film is at its best when the living legends are left to tell their stories, which are often full of warmth, wit and longing. Transferring from the music business to the film business to become a producer, Last is the most interesting of the lot. Perhaps the most influential, his work - investing time and energy into the bands and music he felt passionate about rather than the ones he knew would make instant revenue - with Fast Records pushes these little known bands and figures out into the world and his off-kilter approach to the music industry left a lasting impression that many in the film look back on with a warm gratitude. Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream may never elevate above being most beneficial for punk and post-punk fans of that time, but it's a welcome reminder and advocate of how Edinburgh has played such a vital role in the shaping of the music scene.
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Jamie Neish | @EmptyScreens