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
Neither of the main pub scenes in the movie were filmed in either Edinburgh or Leith. "It's Over and Done With" is filmed in Glasgow's Griffin Bar and "Let's Get Married" is also filmed in Glasgow - in the Saracen's Head, a traditional Celtic supporters' bar close to Celtic Park. See more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Story & music link to make an excellent movie for both men & women
So-called 'budget' movie manages to tick almost all the right boxes. The Proclaimers' music is not always easy, but the cast make a good - sometimes excellent - stab at it. Good acting all round although casting might have been a tad more appropriate.
The storyline hangs together well, and gets better as it develops into 3 distinct strands. There are moments of comedy, high drama, and emotional romance-gone-wrong. It evokes different emotions and I noticed even grown men rubbing their eyes at bits. Surprisingly, not usually the same scenes which seemed to affect women. A touch of Men are from Mars perhaps; or just in touch with their feminine side.
Scenery and scene setting were excellent. The cityscape shots of Edinburgh were truly remarkable, although the director played havoc with Edinburgh's actual street directions. The finale, obviously filmed around Festival time, was great and worth the additional cost.
Go see it, then visit Edinburgh during the festival and 'enjoy' it again.
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