WHISKY GALORE! (PG) GILLIES MACKINNON directs an affectionate remake of Alexander Mackendrick's classic 1949 Ealing comedy, based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie.
Inspired by real events in 1941, when the SS Politician was shipwrecked in the Outer Hebrides and wily islanders on nearby Eriskay attempted to salvage the cargo of alcohol, Whisky Galore! unfolds on the fictional Hebridean island of Todday.
News spreads like wildfire through the community about a freighter that has run aground laden with 50,000 cases of "the water of life". Supplies of the drink have been depleted by wartime rationing so British authorities are keen to recover the cargo. Captain Waggett (Eddie Izzard) leads this rescue mission but English Sergeant Odd (Sean Biggerstaff) colludes with the islanders to conceal the booty.
A battle of wits ensues between Waggett and the islanders, who hide the bottles of whisky in ingenious places to avoid confiscation.
MCLAREN (12A) BORN in 1937 in New Zealand, Bruce McLaren was determined to reach the chequered flag before his rivals in the turbocharged world of motor racing, steadily building one of Britain's most cherished sports empires on the solid foundation of the love of his family, friends and colleagues.
Director Roger Donaldson pays tribute to one man's pioneering spirit in this affectionate documentary, which has been granted unprecedented access to the McLaren family and archives.
The film paints a rich and detailed portrait of a trailblazer, who never gave up on his dream and fashioned a dynasty that lives on to this day, and includes contributions from Formula One stars such as Chris Amon, Mario Andretti, Alastair Caldwell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Howden Ganley, Dan Gurney, Lothar Motschenbacher and Sir Jackie Stewart.
From left, Naomi Battrick, Eddie Izzard and Gregor Fisher