Was booked for a week long engagement at Dublin's Adelphi cinema in late 1989. However, after 4 days there were less than 20 paying customers - so the manager withdrew the film and let the theater go dark for the remaining 3 days - in order to save money of both heating and projection costs.

There is a scene on a bus where Bert is "receiving unwanted attention" from a woman. Unable to take it any more he stands up and shouts, "Are we at Ilkeston yet?" This is a reference to Robert Lindsay's home town in Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. The role of Bert Rigby was written for him, and the character's background mirrored his own. Originally he wanted a portion of the movie to be filmed in Ilkeston, but the producers thought Ilkeston no longer looked "industrial enough" to match the character's background. So the bus scene is the only bit of Ilkeston that made it to the final product.

'Landed Gentry', the band who win the talent contest by singing about striking miners, are played by the Nottinghamshire pop-punk band Slaughterhouse 5.