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Edinburgh 2016: Eddie Izzard and Gregor Fisher Talk Whisky Galore

3 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

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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Whisky Galore! review – twee, comfy-cardigan film-making

26 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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London Screenings 2016 reveals first titles; adds 'Coming Soon' strand

2 June 2016 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film London’s export market to screen Tommy’s Honour and Whisky Galore among others; emerging talent strand Breakthrough to highlight four titles.

Film London has announced the first new titles secured for the 13th London Screenings. The UK film export market will run June 20-23 at London’s BFI Southbank and invites hundreds of international and domestic buyers to see a range of new British films and meet UK companies.

This year’s edition will feature Tommy’s Honour (Timeless Films) and Whisky Galore (Gfm), both of which have their world premieres at Edinburgh International Film Festival this month.

Other premieres include The Hippopotamus (Metrodome International), The Neighbor (Salt), B&B (4Square Films), Love is Thicker Than Water (Jinga) and Monochrome (Devilworks).

Also screening are premieres from Dogwoof and Moviehouse alongside Cannes titles from Hanway, Content Media, Metro International, Bankside and Altitude. The White King from Fortissimo will also screen.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up

25 May 2016 3:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Highlights include the UK premiere of Finding Dory and the world premiere of the 4K restoration of Highlander [pictured].Scroll down for competition titles

The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 15-26) will comprise a total 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.

Highlights include the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events that include Us indie filmmaker Kevin Smith and Sex & The City actress Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honour and Whisky Galore!.

Old classics will be re-imagined with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Edinburgh Film Festival Chief Mark Adams Unveils 70th Edition

25 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”

Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama “Away,” starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Tommy's Honour' world premiere to open Edinburgh fest

27 April 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Peter Mullan stars as golfing pioneer Tom Morris.

Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 15-26) has announced that the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour will open the 70th edition of the festival on June 15.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Tommy’s Honour is based on the true story of golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his turbulent relationship with his son Tommy.

Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith, War Horse) and Jack Lowden (War & Peace) take on the roles of father and son and lead a ensemble cast including Ophelia Lovibond (Man Up), Peter Ferdinando (Hyena) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in the role of Alexander Boothby. Key cast are set to be in attendance on opening night.

Director Jason Connery said: “It’s so exciting! I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, Tommy’s Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Whisky Galore!' world premiere to close Edinburgh

21 April 2016 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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).

Gillies Mackinnon (Regeneration, Hideous Kinky) directed from Peter McDougall’s screenplay. Iain Maclean »

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Whisky Galore! for Edinburgh Film Festival by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-04-20 21:43:12

20 April 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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.

Director Gillies Mackinnon said: “I am delighted that Whisky Galore! »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Film Edinburgh claims $10m boost to region

5 January 2016 4:10 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Features to shoot in the region include Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg and Tommy’s Honour.

Film Edinburgh has reported a record breaking year for film productions in the region. 

In the last 12 months, the local film commission for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders has reported an economic impact of more than £6.6m ($9.7m) generated from filming in the city region - a 27% rise on 2014.

It marks the highest economic impact return in the organisation’s 25-year history and was a direct result of two major TV dramas - BBC Productions’ One Of Us and The Secret Agent - and feature film Tommy’s Honour, each basing their entire production schedules in Edinburgh.

A total of 353 productions completed in 2015, marginally down (3%) on last year’s figures. But conversion rates from filming enquires to completed productions increased by 3% year-on-year. 

Other major film and TV productions to shoot on location in the region this year included [link=tt »

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