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Sunshine on Leith

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • 95 mins
  • PG

Summary

Scottish musical starring Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks, with the songs of The Proclaimers. A couple of squaddies return to Edinburgh after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, poised to marry their sweethearts - at which point family skeletons come tumbling rhythmically out of the closet.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The boisterous back catalogue of militantly Scottish folk-pop duo the Proclaimers - brothers Craig and Charlie Reid - forms the backbone to this often irresistible Edinburgh-set musical, the follow-up to actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher's low-key debut Wild Bill. Based on Stephen Greenhorn's hit stage play, it tells the story of two soldiers, played by George MacKay and Kevin Guthrie, who return to Leith after a traumatic tour of duty in Afghanistan. Back home, the pair try to rekindle their love affairs (with Antonia Thomas and Freya Mavor), while MacKay's mother and father (Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan) are forced to confront a long-buried secret. Elegantly balancing poignant drama and broad comedy, Sunshine on Leith adopts the Mamma Mia! formula in that the songs are interpreted by the actors using their own voices, creating an effect that's immediate, intimate and heartfelt. The music may not suit all tastes but the charismatic characters will, in a study of family life that's raw, romantic and real.

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Credits

Cast

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RabPeter Mullan
JeanJane Horrocks
DavyGeorge MacKay
LizFreya Mavor
AllyKevin Guthrie
YvonneAntonia Thomas
HarryJason Flemyng
ChristineEmily-Jane Boyle

Crew

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DirectorDexter Fletcher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2013-10-04
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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