Jonathan Melville: Capital finally gets some movie sunshine

Peter Mullan. Pic: Comp
Peter Mullan. Pic: Comp
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IT’S been a while since the last great Edinburgh-set film graced our cinema screens. With the imminent release of both Sunshine on Leith and Filth, that could be about to change.

We recently saw some scenes from the big budget Cloud Atlas filmed atop the Scott Monument, while a few years ago we had the animated film, The Illusionist, which showed us Edinburgh in the 1950s.

Apart from the odd appearance in a few smaller films (Outcast, New Town Killers, Electric Man), the city hasn’t fared too well on the big screen, which is odd when it’s regularly voted Most Beautiful City in the World by travel magazines and anyone who’s spent more than five minutes here.

Over at the Toronto Inter-national Film Festival this week they celebrated the premiere of Sunshine on Leith, director Dexter Fletcher’s take on the Proclaimers stage musical of the same name, starring Peter Mullan. With standing ovations and rave reviews, this looks like it’s going to break box office records when it’s released here in October.

Edinburgh finally gets the screen time it deserves, with a dance sequence shot on Leith Walk and at the Mound. A few scenes may have been shot in Glasgow doubling as the capital, but who can blame them for pretending to be Edinburgh?

Though Sunshine on Leith will having them singing in the aisles, Filth may not have quite the same appeal, though that’s mainly down to the fact that it’s an 18 certificate.

This story of Bruce Robertson’s (James McAvoy) journey into Edinburgh darkness also features the city, but this time it’s a twisted take.

I’ll have a full Sunshine on Leith review in a few weeks, but in the meantime start preparing the vocal chords and planning a night out at the pictures. It’ll be worth the wait.


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