Special screening for Barra as Whisky Galore returns

Three cheers for the Screen Machine as Whisky Galore returns to Barra over 60 years after being filmed on the island.
Three cheers for the Screen Machine as Whisky Galore returns to Barra over 60 years after being filmed on the island.
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SCOTLAND’S only mobile cinema, the Screen Machine, is bringing something special to Barra next month as one of Scotland’s best loved films, Whisky Galore, will return to its roots over 60 years after filming took place on the island.

As part of the 80-seat digital cinema’s current tour, a newly restored digital print of Whisky Galore will be shown to residents just 50 yards from where scenes were shot in 1948.

Iain MacColl, senior Screen Machine operator, said of the screening: “It means a lot to me to have this opportunity to fulfil a long held dream; I’ve been wanting to screen Whisky Galore on Barra for 14 years. It will give me fantastic pleasure to be able to do this for the people of the island.”

The Alexander Mackendrick 1949 film, adapted from Compton Mackenzie’s novel, is based on the true story of the SS Politician, which sank in the waters around Eriskay in February 1941 on its way to Jamaica and carrying 250,000 bottles of whisky. Famously, the locals fathered as many bottles as they could, before the authorities arrived.

The film will be shown at the Pier in Castlebay on Monday, October 10 at 5.30pm.

It will also be screened in Lochgilphead, Port Ellen, Tighnabruaich, Liniclate and East Tarbert during September and October: for more details visit www.screenmachine.co.uk