THE director of Poor Things, an adaptation of Scottish author Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel, has addressed the controversy surrounding the film’s setting.

Despite the novel being set in Glasgow, where Gray is originally from, the film is predominantly set in London and across various places in Europe with no mention of the Scottish city.

Starring Emma Stone (below) in the lead role, the film tells the story of Bella Baxter – a Victorian woman brought back to life by scientist Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe) before she runs off across the continents with lawyer Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo).

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Speaking to Little White Lies magazine, director Yorgos Lanthimos was asked about the decision to change the film’s main setting to London.

“Well, I think Alasdair probably wouldn’t be very happy about that, because he was a very proud Scotsman,” he said.

“But we give (Godwin) Baxter some of his character, and a Scottish accent. Alasdair was also a great inspiration for Willem (Dafoe) as a presence, so we filtered that through him.

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“In the novel, the Scottish issue feels like a different part of the book, and I felt it would just be like trying to make two different films if I tried to put it into this version of the story.

“Once we decided that the point of view of the film was going to be Bella’s, and it was going to be her story and her journey, and working with an American cast, it just made more sense to contract things.”

The film has so far been met with critical acclaim and picked up two Golden Globes earlier this month.

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It is widely tipped to receive a number of Oscar nominations when they are announced at the end of January.

Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those to weigh in on the change of setting, previously saying she was “curious” to see how it turned out following her re-reading of the original novel.