Sunshine on Leith premiere in Canada not Edinburgh

Peter Mullan in a scene from the film. Picture: contributed
Peter Mullan in a scene from the film. Picture: contributed
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Movie chiefs have snubbed Edinburgh completely for the premiere of Sunshine On Leith – and will instead roll out the red carpet in Canada.

The cinematic adaptation of the hit musical based on songs by the Proclaimers will be unveiled for the first time at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival next month.

Hibs-supporting twins Charlie and Craig Reid said they were thrilled to be going global – but one Leith representative said the decision was a slap in the face for locals.

Councillor Gordon Munro said: “I would have thought the première would be here in Leith and they would have done what they could for the community, given what it’s about.

“I didn’t know The Proclaimers had emigrated.

“The obvious thing for me was to have some sort of première at Ocean Terminal and have the red carpet out. It’s right in the heart of the 
community.

“It could have had some sort of screening at Easter Road. It makes you think the whole thing was just done for a film festival.”

The film tells 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.

It was produced by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Macdonald, who worked on Shallow Grave and Train-
spotting.

The Reid twins, who have a scene-stealing appearance in the neighbourhood where they were born, both confirmed they would attend the première.

The duo, currently on a three-week tour of Canada, said they were looking forward to the screening on September 9.

“We are both thrilled at the movie being selected for the Toronto Film Festival,” said Charlie. “We think the movie is fantastic and are very proud to be associated with it and to have so many of our songs featured. It’s a huge boost for the première to be there.”

Rosie Ellison, film manager at Marketing Edinburgh Film Focus, worked with producers to find locations for scene shooting.

She expects the movie – tipped as Scotland’s answer to Mamma Mia – will bring more tourists to the city.

She said: “It’s a glorious film and Edinburgh looks beautiful. I think a lot of people will want to come to Edinburgh after watching it, so the bigger the international following, the better.

“The Toronto Film Festival is one of the top four in the world. It really does give it an enormous platform and gives it a real stamp of approval.

“We are delighted that Sunshine on Leith, which shows off Edinburgh, is going to do so to the world.”

An Edinburgh premiere is expected to be held later in September, before the film is released across the UK on October 4.

Most scenes were shot in Glasgow to keep costs down. However, regulars at the Port O’Leith pub, renowned for its blood-red exterior, saw their watering hole painted in Hibs green ahead of filming there.

It led to some Jambo drinkers threatening a boycott, but returned to its traditional colour once shooting was completed late last year.

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

A mammoth cast of 500 took part in a dancing scene to Proclaimers hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) outside the National Gallery.