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Article Date: October 8, 2003 | Publication: The Express | Author: Gavin Docherty

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Jamie Sives - the Scots film star looks like he really wants to end it all.

Though this scene is from his latest movie, Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, Edinburghborn Jamie was at a seriously low ebb after a film he wrote about his misspent youth in Leith was knocked back for lottery funding.

Jamie, 30, was crestfallen when his pet project, the GBP 2m Trainspotting-style movie The Angel's Share, had its application for a GBP 200,000 Scottish lottery grant rejected.

The money would have completed the budget, allowing Jamie to start filming along with Tomb Raider's Gerard Butler and young actor Sean Biggerstaff.

The film, a comedy drama set among a group of gluesniffers on a council estate in Leith, had interested Scottish Screen bosses, but they wanted changes to the use of bad language and Irvine Welshstyle Leith vernacular and refused Jamie's application.

A friend said: "It is all Jamie's world. It's Jamie's passion. It is a damn difficult project. He has this artistic soul and will keep going. The bottom line is getting this movie made."

Born in the tough Lochend area of Edinburgh, lifelong Hibernian fan Jamie used to work as a postman and aerial rigger.

He won a place at the drama school in London and emerged into TV roles such as Psychos, Holby City and climbing drama Rockface, as well as a part in the Vinnie Jones movie Mean Machine.

One of the high spots of the British films on show in London Film Festival this month, Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself is the story of two brothers, one of whom struggles with depression, who inherit a Glasgow bookshop.

Sives is cast as Wilbur, whose brother, played by Adrian Rawlins, tries to make his life better. Everything changes the day that a cleaning lady (Shirley Henderson) walks into their lives.

"I certainly don't think the film's about suicide, " said Jamie. "It's about love, about hope."

Jamie's performance has already won rave reviews at European film festivals.

The film will be in cinemas from December.



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