Sunshine on Leith film to get Edinburgh premiere

A scene from the filming of Sunshine in Leith in Edinburgh. Pic: Toby Williams
A scene from the filming of Sunshine in Leith in Edinburgh. Pic: Toby Williams
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THE MOVIE version of Sunshine on Leith is to get a premiere in Edinburgh after all.

The producers announced on Twitter this afternoon that an “international premiere” would be held in the Capital on September 17, with a location yet to be revealed.

It comes after they came under fire for deciding to give the film its first outing at the Toronto Film Festival on Monday.

The cinematic adaptation of the hit musical based on songs by the Proclaimers tells the story of two soldiers returning to Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan, and stars veteran Glasgow actor Peter Mullan, Little Voice star Jane Horrocks and Paul Brannigan, who shot to fame in The Angels’ Share last year.

The Reid twins, who have a scene-stealing appearance in the neighbourhood where they were born, are both set to attend the first premiere next week as well as the Edinburgh event.

Director Dexter Fletcher and Producer Andrew Macdonald will be joined by cast Mullan, Horrocks, Antonia Thomas, George MacKay and Kevin Guthrie at the Edinburgh premiere.

Fletcher said: “The cast and crew of Sunshine on Leith are delighted to be bringing the film home to Edinburgh for its International Premiere. The sun shone on us every day we were in Scotland and now we’re happy and excited to be bringing that sunshine back”.