The Continuity Girl
A comic love story in which the discovery of a long-lost version of a cult movie sheds light on a 45-year-old love affair between a Hollywood filmmaker and a real-life Loch Ness monster hunter.
The Continuity Girl is centered on the supposed discovery of an uncut print of Billy Wilder’s celebrated film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). It begins in the run up to 2014’s Scottish independence referendum, when Gemma MacDonald, a London-based Film Studies lecturer of Scottish heritage, is tasked with presenting the new print at a festival screening in Inverness. She seeks out April Korzeniowski, the movie’s Californian continuity supervisor. We then switch to 1969 and learn of the affair that develops between April and a young English scientist, Jim Outhwaite. Jim is a member of the Loch Ness Research Group, and thus a dedicated seeker of evidence for the Loch Ness monster.
But in life, as in a Billy Wilder movie, nothing goes to plan and nobody is quite who they seem...
- An interesting interplay between the swinging sixties and Scotland's independence referendum
- Insights into The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and it's dedicated following
- A fast-paced and witty plot packed with comic twists