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Sunshine on Leith (2013)

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Two soldiers return home to Edinburgh to resume their romantic and family lives.

Director:

Dexter Fletcher

Writers:

Stephen Greenhorn, Stephen Greenhorn (stage play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Brannigan ... Ronnie
George MacKay ... Davy
Kevin Guthrie ... Ally
Jane Horrocks ... Jean
Peter Mullan ... Rab
Freya Mavor ... Liz
John Spence John Spence ... Brendan
Paul McCole Paul McCole ... Ewan
Emily-Jane Boyle Emily-Jane Boyle ... Christine
Antonia Thomas ... Yvonne
Jason Flemyng ... Harry
Emma Hartley-Miller Emma Hartley-Miller ... Janice
Elaine M. Ellis Elaine M. Ellis ... Morag (as Elaine Mackenzie Ellis)
Gayle Telfer Stevens Gayle Telfer Stevens ... Francine
Sara Vickers ... Eilidh
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Storyline

Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Written by Anonymous

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When it happens... there's nothing like it!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some suggestive and thematic material, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aftab bar Faraze Leith See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£770,239 (United Kingdom), 6 October 2013, Limited Release
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Art Gallery scenes were filmed at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. See more »

Goofs

Clothes shopping, Jane Horrocks holds up a black dress on a coat hanger with a name clearly visible on it. She then holds it up to a mirror and it is on a plain black coat hanger. See more »

Crazy Credits

The initial credits show the main characters in short outtakes from the film. The order is Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, George Mackay, Antonia Thomas, Freya Mavor, Kevin Guthrie, Jason Flemyng, Paul Brannigan, Sara Vickers, Michael Beat (as Michael 'Cuban' Keat) and John Spence (as 'Wee' John Spence'). This is followed by a listing of the major crew (director, etc,) on a background of the city of Leith in sunshine. Then the credits revert to the traditional scrolling form, starting with the cast listed in order of appearance. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains the original ending, which was shot indoors, but was replaced at a cost of £500,000 by the ensemble ending shot in Edinburgh. See more »

Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Jean
Written by Charlie Reid and Craig Reid
Performed by Peter Mullan
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touching and radiant
3 August 2014 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

"Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a death like slumber, must always create a sunshine," wrote Hawthorne "filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outside world." So it is that the habitually dark skies of Scotland open to the sun. A trio of diverse highlander couples, both experienced and not, struggle to deal with fears and passions stirred up by past loves, the urge to see the world before settling down, war and questions about whether we ever truly know someone. Singing and dancing to the music of the Proclaimers aids in working these questions out. The astonishing and effervescent, even if somewhat alarming, scenes of uptight and introverted Scotlanders warbling and writhing in the uncommon sunlight would move even Angela Merkel to spontaneous joy. Chemistry is lacking in the younger couples, yet despite this the film is touching and radiant. Seen at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.


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