Stars out for Sunshine on Leith premiere

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Jane Horrocks, Peter Mullan and director Dexter Fletcher took to the red carpet at the international premiere of Sunshine on Leith, adapted from the acclaimed stage musical by Stephen Greenhorn,last night.

Among the celebrity guests were Paul Brannigan of The Angels’ Share, Ewan Bremner and Blythe Duff.

Peter Mullan with co-stars Antonia Thomas, left and Jane Horrocks. Picture: JANE BARLOW

Peter Mullan with co-stars Antonia Thomas, left and Jane Horrocks. Picture: JANE BARLOW

But the biggest crowd-pleasers of the night were the duo behind the film’s music, Proclaimers Charlie and Craig Reid.

Charlie said: “It’s great to be attending the premiere in my home city – it’s something we never thought was going to happen. So much of the film is an homage to Edinburgh.

“The film has such as excellent cast, I hope the reaction from the public is going to be positive.

“It’s been a long time since the idea of the film was first floated, it’s fantastic to see it on the big screen.”

Edinburgh writer Irvine Welsh was in town for the premiere. Picture: JANE BARLOW

Edinburgh writer Irvine Welsh was in town for the premiere. Picture: JANE BARLOW

The film – which has already been likened to Mamma Mia! – tells the story of best friends and soldiers Davy and Ally on their return to Leith from duty in Afghanistan.

Directed by award-winning Dexter Fletcher, it stars Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, Antonia Thomas, George MacKay and Kevin Guthrie.

Excited fans mobbed the cast for autographs as they made their way in to the Omni Centre for the screening.

Peter Mullan, who admitted having to sing was terrifying, said: “I loved making the film – I’d been working on Top of the Lake and then I did The Fear, which were both really heavy TV series. To play a character who is a fairly decent guy felt like heaven.”

The Proclaimers pose with the director and cast. Picture by JANE BARLOW.

The Proclaimers pose with the director and cast. Picture by JANE BARLOW.

Most scenes were shot in Glasgow but panoramic shots of Edinburgh dominate the film.. Regulars at The Port O’Leith pub saw their watering hole painted in Hibs green ahead of filming there.

Other scenes were shot at Capital landmarks including The Mound and Calton Hill.

The movie opened to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival last week where it was greeted with a standing ovation.

Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher described it as a “feel-good family film”. He said: “Essentially it’s about a family in Leith and their hopes and dreams.”

It is released on October 4.