Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith, a film adapted by Stephen Greenhorn from his hit stage musical featuring the music of The Proclaimers, is currently shooting for six weeks in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow, and stars Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher – who helmed this year’s critically acclaimed Wild Bill – it tells the story of two army friends who return home to Leith from Afghanistan. One of them finds the love of his life, while the other loses the girl he left behind.

The two soldiers are played by 20 year old George MacKay (represented by Gordon and French) most recently seen in Private Peaceful and soon to be seen in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan, and 24 year old Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie who trained at RCS, in his first film role.

Skins star Freya Mavor (represented by Hamilton Hodell), who recently filmed on another Glasgow-based film Not Another Happy Ending,  plays one of the girls, Liz, whilst Misfits star Antonia Thomas (represented by Curtis Brown) who has just been seen in ITV drama series Homefront, plays the other,Yvonne.

The parents of one of the squaddies are Rab (Peter Mullan), who has lost his job on the docks, and Annie (Jane Horrocks), who works as a cleaner on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and who are planning their 30th wedding anniversary.

Fletcher said of the film “With Sunshine on Leith we really have something special that will put smiles on the most hardened faces. “Great songs, a wonderful cast and a lot of heart will create our sunshine world.”

Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers who are one of Scotland's best known musical exports, are expected to make cameo appearances in the film.

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