With the publication of The Lady and the Laird moving ever closer (excited!) I am immersing myself in all things Scottish and over the weekend I took out my all time favourite Scottish film and had movie night, complete with popcorn flavoured ice cream. It’s tough trying to pick my favourite Scottish-set film. Who can resist Braveheart with its epic historical story? Then there is I Know Where I’m Going, a Powell and Pressberger classic in black and white, in which a headstrong English girl gets marooned on a Scottish island with a handsome laird. (Lucky, lucky girl!) I was so taken with that film that when I was on the Isle of Mull I had my photograph taken in the same pose as Wendy Hiller did on the jetty gazing out to sea.
Another favourite is The Decoy Bride, a must for all David Tennant fans, which is funny, quirky and totally charming. And recently I saw The Angel’s Share, which is altogether grittier but with humour and pathos and a youthful anti-hero you can root for. Oh, and it has malt whisky too.
But my all out favourite has to be Local Hero. Dating from 1983, when I was in my late teens, it is a whimsical, charming film with a great soundtrack that always makes me cry. It’s set in the Highlands, on the gorgeous West Coast of Scotland and takes the theme of corporate big business coming to take over a tiny Highland village. It’s rich in interesting characters and gorgeous scenery.
So what is your favourite Scottish movie/film? I’m offering a prize of an advance copy of The Lady and the Laird and some lovely old-fashioned notepaper from Scotland to one commenter chosen randomly on Thursday!