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Originally a stage musical based on the storytelling songs of Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid--The Proclaimers--this film version stars Jane Horrocks.

Dubbed "MacMamma Mia" by the British media, Sunshine on Leith tells the story of lifelong mates Davy (George Mackay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) who are returning from duty in Afghanistan to their home in Leith, just outside Edinburgh.

Back home the lads strike up romances--Ally with Davy's sister Liz (Freya Mavor), Davy with Liz's friend Yvonne (Antonia Thomas)--while Davy and Liz's parents, Rab (Peter Mullan) and Jean (Jane Horrocks) are busy planning their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Love is in the air until a revelation from Rab's past threatens to tear the family, and all three couples, apart.

Screenwriter, and writer of the original stage musical, Stephen Greenhorn, says the idea for the story came from a bottle of whisky.

In 2005, Greenhorn was trying to drum up an idea for a Scottish musical to workshop and develop with a friend, but the pair's brainstorming had come to nothing.

"One night I was getting drunk and listening to the first Proclaimers album, This Is The Story," Greenhorn recalls. "Halfway through the album, they stop playing and start to talk. I thought, 'This sounds like it's from a musical' and started thinking about all The Proclaimers' songs I knew and how they all could be from a musical.

"I wrote 'the Proclaimers musical' on the back of an envelope and went to bed. The next morning, I'd completely forgotten about it until I saw the envelope."

When the first production was finally mounted in 2007, Sunshine on Leith acquired a spectacular momentum that would eventually carry it to the big screen. "Thank god I wrote the idea down!" laughed the writer.



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Title Annotation:MOVIES; Sunshine on Leith
Publication:The Lamp
Article Type:Movie review
Date:May 1, 2014
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