The Year of the Scottish: Sunshine on Leith

James Dix

Andy Murray won Wimbledon, fantastic. He won for Great Britain, but we all that he is Scottish through and through.

Here is something else to be proud of if you are Scottish, Sunshine on Leith. Released on October 4th, Sunshine on Leith is a British movie musical based on the songs of Scottish band, The Proclaimers.

The plot is based around returning soldiers and their life after the war. With marriage, careers and the prospect of leaving Scotland for America as the central plot, it should be a belter.

The movie is based on the stage musical of the same name. The show was first performed in 2007.

The title of the movie comes from the title of The Proclaimers’ second album, Sunshine on Leith. The album’s singles include ‘I’m On My Way’ and ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ which both feature in the trailer. Surprisingly, none of the singles off this made the top ten in the UK at the time. In America however, ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ got to number 3. Perhaps it was their unusual music videos that prevented huge success.

If you have been a fan of Channel 4 drama Skins then you may go along to the cinema to see Freya Mavor. The beautiful blonde plays Liz, one of the love interests of the main characters.

Jason Flemyng plays Harry in the movie. He had a short appearance in Spiceworld: The Movie, so of course he has the relevant experience. Seriously though, he has been in a few good movies such as X-Men: First Class and Great Expectations.

The film is being marketed as one of those “Feel Good” films. Why not? There are a lot of miserable and high action films, it is nice to go and see a film about real characters living ordinary lives.

The international premiere of the musical film took place in Edinburgh in mid-September with a fairly good reception.

Hopefully the music will appeal to everyone, despite its very niche Scottish audience. There does not seem to be a great deal of promotion about the film or much information about the plot. For those who have seen the stage version, hopefully this will live up to your expectations.

Some people say it always rains in Scotland, this film promises to shine.

About James Dix

James Dix from Chipping Norton often meets David Cameron at the local Sainsbury's, "No I don't want an NHS cut, I just want some milk". Final year student of Journalism and English Literature from the countryside, studying at Northumbria University.