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Edinburgh International Film Festival saw out its historic 70th edition last week with a Closing Screening of homegrown comedy, Whisky Galore. Directed by Gillies MacKinnon, the film is a remake of the Alexander Mackendrick Ealing comedy classic of the same name. Set at the tail end of the war and based on real life events, it tells the story of the inhabitants of the little Isle of Eriskay and their plot to steal the precious supply of Scotch from a cargo ship that’s run aground. Acting veteran Gregor Fisher stars in the central role of booze-loving postmaster Macroon, a widower sadly preparing to see his feisty daughters marry and move out of the family homestead. Fisher, instantly recognisable to UK audiences as booze-soaked street philosopher...
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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 wrapped up over the weekend with a screening of its Closing Film and the announcement of the event’s final prize: the Audience Award. Fittingly Gillies MacKinnon’s warm-hearted and whiskey-soaked remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s Ealing Comedy classic Whiskey Galore played out the festival, while a man who’s carving out his own niche in classic comedies took the Award. Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople proved a firm favorite with critics and audiences alike. Starring Sam Neill as a grizzled loner forced to go on the run with a young tear away, the exceptional Julian Dennison. The film is both hilarious and touching throughout and fully deserves the praise it has received. Other entries to score highly in the public vote included...
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★★☆☆☆ Aside from a brief spell of rationing-enforced drought, torrents of the much fabled 'water of life' flow through Gillies MacKinnon's Whisky Galore! Such a shame that the Glaswegian director's latest feature - a remake of the 1949 Ealing Studios classic that will close this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival - has none of the life-giving fervour of Scotland's national drink. A dry and surprisingly dull film, it is a comedy which doesn't induce a single laugh and a drama that doesn't engage emotionally or pull on the heartstrings at all.
- CineVue UK
Gillies MacKinnon’s remake of the classic postwar Ealing comedy is light on laughs and feels out of place in 2016
The Edinburgh film festival kicked off with Tommy’s Honour, a gently old-fashioned yarn about a 19th-century Scottish golf champion that may have induced mild stirrings of patriotism. Now the festival is aiming to repeat the trick with a remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s fondly remembered 1949 Ealing comedy Whisky Galore!, an adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s novel that itself drew on real events.
Like the original, it sets out to be a celebration of canny Scots outwitting humourless (and partly English) officialdom: a ship runs aground on a fictional Hebridean island during the second world war and the locals do their best to liberate some of the thousands of whisky bottles in its cargo. Cue cat-and-mouse shenanigans as the home guard try to reinforce wartime discipline and prevent imbibement above and beyond the quota level. »
- Andrew Pulver
London Screenings, the U.K.’s only market dedicated to British film, opens Monday with 13 market premieresincluding Jason Connery’s period drama “Tommy’s Honor,” starring Peter Mullan, and Gillies MacKinnon’s comedy-drama “Whisky Galore,” starring Gregor Fisher and Eddie Izzard. More than 60 British sales companies will be pitching their pics to around 120 international buyers at London Screenings, which runs until Thursday at London’s BFI Southbank.
Other market premiere at London Screenings include comedy “The Hippopotamus,” an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s novel, starring Roger Allam and Matthew Modine, and thriller “The Neighbor,” staring Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Also screening are Cannes titles from leading U.K. sales companies Hanway, Content Media, Metro International, Bankside and Altitude.
London Screenings will also host a “Coming Soon” strand featuring screenings of unseen and work-in-progress titles, giving delegates a sneak peek of new British movies.
The event’s “Breakthrough” strand also returns, »
- Leo Barraclough
Brian Cox will attend a screening of The Carer The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced a slew of Scottish titles to be screened at the festival ahead of the full programme being unveiled next week.
The move builds on last year’s decision to open and close the film festival with homegrown films – The Legend Of Barney Thomson and Iona – with this year’s edition again showing support for Scottish talent, having previously announced it will open with the world premiere of Jason Connery’s Tommy’s Honour and close with Gillies Mackinnon’s remake of Whisky Galore!
Neither Wolf Nor Dog Titles include Moon Dogs, which is produced by former Eiff Talent Lab participant Kathy Spiers and directed by Downton Abbey and Outlander helmer Philip John. The film features Scots talent and locations and its website promises “an anarchic, funny, sexy coming-of-age movie, following two teenage step brothers »
- Amber Wilkinson
Remake of classic Scottish comedy set for world premiere as 2016 Edinburgh closing night gala.
The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival (Eiff) (June 15-26) will close with the world premiere of Scottish comedy remake Whisky Galore!.
A remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s 1949 feature of the same name, the story follows a group of Scottish islanders who enjoy a windfall of whiskey during the Second World War.
The original was based on Sir Compton Mackenzie’s novel of the same name, which was inspired by the shipwreck off the Scottish coast of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during World War II.
The home-grown production was filmed on location in Scotland and features Scottish actors including Gregor Fisher (Love Actually), James Cosmo (Braveheart), Kevin Guthrie (Sunset Song), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets), and Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie).
Whisky Galore! remake is Eiff's closing gala Photo: Courtesy of Edinburgh Film Festival The remake of iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 26.
Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides, of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during the Second World War. The Scottish islanders, in the midst of a wartime drought of whisky, are determined to take advantage of an unexpected windfall despite opposition from the local Home Guard Captain.
Shot on location entirely in Scotland, Whisky Galore! features established names Gregor Fisher, james Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Sean Biggerstaff and Eddie Izzard, alongside newcomers Naomi Battrick and Ellie Kendrick.
- Amber Wilkinson
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