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LONDON – Dexter Fletcher‘s sophomore directorial outing, Sunshine on Leith, a movie adaptation of a stage musical based on the lyrics of Scottish band The Proclaimers, is fully financed.
The project, with a script by Stephen Greenhorn from his own hit stage musical, stars Peter Mullan (War Horse) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice), George McKay (Defiance), Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas (TV’s Misfits) and Freya Mavor (TV’s Skins).
It takes the Proclaimers’ songs and uses them as a basis to tell a tale of love, life and family and is taken from the name of the duo’s second album.
It is co-produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich‘s DNA Films and Black Camel Pictures, headed by Arabella Page Croft and Kieran Parker (Outpost).
Currently shooting in Scotland, the musical is bankrolled by Entertainment Film Distributors, the BFI Film Fund and Creative Scotland, with Entertainment taking U.K. distribution duties.
The film will shoot for six weeks in and around the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.
Fletcher said: “With ‘Sunshine on Leith’ we really have something special that will put smiles on the most hardened faces. Great songs, a wonderful cast and a lot of heart will create our sunshine world.”
Macdonald said: “We are thrilled to be working on Stephen Greenhorn’s wonderful adaptation along with Dexter and such a great cast. It’s particularly exciting for me to be back producing a film in Scotland for the first time since Trainspotting.”
Black Camel Pictures described the project as “a foot tapping feel good” film that is “blessed with terrific partners on its journey from script to screen.”
Identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers have released nine albums since 1987 and are probably best known for hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” which featured in the Johnny Depp starrer Benny and Joon.
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