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Film fans rocking in the isles.

Byline: By MIKE MERRITT

A pounds 10MILLION movie dogged by disaster has finally had its premiere - on the Isle of Lewis.

Producers of The Rocket Post were convinced they'd a potential Oscar-winning blockbuster on their hands when they started out.

But big names turned them down, they were banned from their planned shooting location and then failed to find a distributor.

Tragically, director Stephen Whittaker also died of cancer soon after filming was completed.

The Rocket Post, with Trainspotting's Kevin McKidd and Spooks's Shauna MacDonald, tells the story of German scientist Gerhardt Zucher.

In 1934 he disastrously experimented with firing mail by rocket between the isles of Scarp and Harris.

The film's first screening was in front of locals in Stornoway - many of whom had appeared as extras.

Roddy Murray, director of An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway, said: "We could have sold out several times over. I hope it does find a distributor."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2005
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