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film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation

McGrath of Harlow 15 Oct 13 - 08:18 PM
Sir Roger de Beverley 16 Oct 13 - 07:17 AM
Backwoodsman 16 Oct 13 - 07:24 AM
McGrath of Harlow 16 Oct 13 - 08:44 PM
GUEST,Allan Conn 17 Oct 13 - 03:55 AM
Phil Edwards 17 Oct 13 - 04:39 AM
McGrath of Harlow 17 Oct 13 - 08:44 AM
Uncle Tone 17 Oct 13 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,Guest 17 Oct 13 - 09:24 PM
Backwoodsman 18 Oct 13 - 04:16 AM
Gallus Moll 18 Oct 13 - 12:04 PM
Brian May 18 Oct 13 - 04:30 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Oct 13 - 08:06 PM
Brian May 19 Oct 13 - 03:02 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 19 Oct 13 - 04:29 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 19 Oct 13 - 04:29 AM
Johnny J 19 Oct 13 - 06:29 AM
Gallus Moll 19 Oct 13 - 08:07 AM
GUEST,Mr Red about to see Captain Phillips - film 19 Oct 13 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,KP 20 Oct 13 - 12:20 PM
GUEST,Eliza 20 Oct 13 - 05:52 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Oct 13 - 08:43 PM
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Subject: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Oct 13 - 08:18 PM

We just went this afternoon to see the film "Sunshine on Leith", which uses a set of songs by The Proclaimers - performed anew by the actors - to tell a story about a couple of young squaddies come home from today's war.

I've always loved The Proclaimers, but it's a revelation how the different way the songs are sung and presented open up new ways of reading them, and bring out the sheer beauty of tunes and words sometimes have.

It's a lovely little film. In fact it's the kind of film that can make and break friendships. I couldn't hate anyone who loved it, and I'd find it hard to love anyone who didn't. (Fortunately my wife loved it even more than I did...)


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Subject: RE: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 16 Oct 13 - 07:17 AM

It is on at our local Odeon and we are planning to go next week.

R


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Subject: RE: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 16 Oct 13 - 07:24 AM

Anyone who loves The Proclaimers is an OK guy in my book!
Can't wait to see it!


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Subject: RE: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Oct 13 - 08:44 PM

There are a couple of clips on YouTube to give a taste. I can't link to them right now because I'm using an iPad - see my thread asking about that. But Google gets you there. ( So does duckduckgo if you worry about privacy.)


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 03:55 AM

|thought it was great too. Not as sugary (though it is a bit sugary of course being a musical) and better singing than in Mamma Mia. Great performances especially I thought from Jane Horrocks. But Edinburgh herself steals the spot for best actress. She didn't need to say anything just got herself in front of the camera.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 04:39 AM

Allan - I think that last point is the best recommendation yet! I love Edinburgh.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 08:44 AM

The idea of that girl longing to leave Edinburgh for Florida was weird. I know they've got more sunshine but... Emigration makes sense when it's your only chance of getting a job and a life, but if you've got those things already it's hard to understand for a place like that.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Uncle Tone
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 01:10 PM

I've booked two senior ticklets to see it in Middlesborough with the new acting temporary prospective Mrs CW on Saturday afternoon.

Must remember to nail down the car for the duration.

Tone


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 17 Oct 13 - 09:24 PM

Sunshine on Leith!


That's either a Fairy Tale or an oxymoron.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 18 Oct 13 - 04:16 AM

Nonsense. I've had sun and lots of fun in Leith. You just need to be there at the right time, and know where to go!   :-)   :-)


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 18 Oct 13 - 12:04 PM

Some of the Edinburgh scenes were actually filmed in Glasgow -- - -


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Brian May
Date: 18 Oct 13 - 04:30 PM

Watched it with SWMBO the day it was released.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, having seen the Proclaimers live in Hawick last year - they were superb therefore noticed their cameo appearance at the beginning.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Oct 13 - 08:06 PM

their cameo appearance at the beginning

I missed that. I'll look out for it next time I see the film.

I'm glad the film will bring The Proclaimers to the attention of a lot more people. They deserve it.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Brian May
Date: 19 Oct 13 - 03:02 AM

They emerge from the pub as the two soldiers are walking down the street, right ne'er the beginning.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 19 Oct 13 - 04:29 AM

The bit about the emigration was obviously to fit the song "Letter To America" in and admittedly on several songs you could tell about 10 minutes before they started that they were being lined up. But it isn't high art! Saying that since we moved into our house (ie two decades ago) we've seen three sets of neighbours up and leave for the other side of the world. All were families with both parents already in work and owning houses. In two of the cases the women were nurses and it was their new job that was lined up first. One went to Oz and one to NZ. So the idea of a nurse being lured abroad by better prospects isn't so unusual.

McGrath is right though in that other than the song's title the story didn't fit the words to the song. It compares the deindustrialisation of Scotland in the Thatcher era (Linwood no more - Methil no more) with the Clearances (Sutherland no more - Lochaber no more). You just kind of have to switch a bit of the brain off and just watch, listen and enjoy :-)


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 19 Oct 13 - 04:29 AM

The bit about the emigration was obviously to fit the song "Letter To America" in and admittedly on several songs you could tell about 10 minutes before they started that they were being lined up. But it isn't high art! Saying that since we moved into our house (ie two decades ago) we've seen three sets of neighbours up and leave for the other side of the world. All were families with both parents already in work and owning houses. In two of the cases the women were nurses and it was their new job that was lined up first. One went to Oz and one to NZ. So the idea of a nurse being lured abroad by better prospects isn't so unusual.

McGrath is right though in that other than the song's title the story didn't fit the words to the song. It compares the deindustrialisation of Scotland in the Thatcher era (Linwood no more - Methil no more) with the Clearances (Sutherland no more - Lochaber no more). You just kind of have to switch a bit of the brain off and just watch, listen and enjoy :-)


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Johnny J
Date: 19 Oct 13 - 06:29 AM

Gallus Moll

"Some of the Edinburgh scenes were actually filmed in Glasgow -- - - "

I actually saw the film last night and wondered about that. Some of the the streets I recognised from Glasgow.

The film was very enjoyable albeit a little "escapist" in a good way.

However, I'd much rather have go to see something like this rather than Irvine Welsh' "Filth" which portrays Edinburgh's Underbelly. Yes, this exists and there are always extremes but this isn't everyone's way of life either.

There is a lot of good, optimism, and beauty in the world not only in Edinburgh but everywhere and this is actually the experience of many people. Although most of us have seen highs and lows in our time, we tend to be somewhere in the middle as far as our lifestyles and experiences go.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 19 Oct 13 - 08:07 AM

Glasgow has been used for a lot of movies recently -- not just as a substitute for Embry!
(Apparently the grid layout of the streets makes it very suitable for being an American city)


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Mr Red about to see Captain Phillips - film
Date: 19 Oct 13 - 02:14 PM

did they sing Leithing on a Jet Plane?

I'll get my flying coat..............


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,KP
Date: 20 Oct 13 - 12:20 PM

Speaking as an Edinburgh resident,
a) its a great wee movie
b) I was there watching when they filmed the finale
c) One of the young stars was at school with one of my children!


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 20 Oct 13 - 05:52 PM

LOL Mr Red. And is it true that the Leith Police dismisseth us?


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Oct 13 - 08:43 PM

I think it makes a lot of sense to link the devastation of a country in one time to the devastation in another. Circumstances are different in all kinds of ways, but the parallels are there. Communities are broken, families torn apart.

I wasn't even saying that it was unlikely that the lass would have wanted to go to Florida, even without being driven to it by desperation, just that it's a crazy choice to make, Miami (or wherever it was) for Edinburgh. Now the other way round, that would make sense.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Van
Date: 21 Oct 13 - 08:49 PM

Leigh is not Edinburgh. Just for those who don't know.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 02:23 AM

Except that in reality it is now actually a part of Edinburgh and has been for some considerable time! Besides all the talk of Leith not being Edinburgh and some of the streets being actually Glasgow are by the by. The wonderful views that steal the show are bang in the centre of Edinburgh. The Old Town and New Town with castle looking down.


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Subject: RE: film: Sunshine on Leith - a recommendation
From: Mr Happy
Date: 22 Oct 13 - 05:49 AM

Leigh is not Leith . Just for those who don't know.


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