TWO acclaimed productions shot in the Highlands are returning home for special anniversary screenings to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland.
Director Bill Forsyth and actor Bill Paterson will also be in the Screen Machine mobile cinema to introduce Local Hero and The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil in the places they were filmed.
On Saturday 2nd November, Forsyth’s film Local Hero, which starred Burt Lancaster, Dennis Lawson and a young Peter Capaldi, will be shown in Mallaig.
Nearby Morar beach was one of the locations used in the film and Forsyth will be joined by film producer Iain Smith to introduce the screening and talk to the audience about the inspirations behind what is regarded a classic of Scottish cinema.
The following day, Sunday 3rd November, actor Bill Paterson will unveil a rare screening of the BBC film production of 7:84 Theatre’s play The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil to mark its 40th anniversary.
The screening will take place in Dornie where it was partly shot and where many local residents were involved in the making of the film.
The film screenings are part of the Creative Scotland funded Natural Scotland on Screen project that showcases how films and television have imagined and represented Scotland’s rich landscape and biodiversity, and will form part of the Screen Machine’s own 15th anniversary touring programme.
Jonathan Melville, who is co-ordinating The Screen Machine’s anniversary tour, said: "The Screen Machine has been a vital part of film-going in the Highlands since 1998, so it seems appropriate that it will host two landmark screenings in its 15th anniversary.
"We’re delighted to be showing both Local Hero and Cheviot, in locations which are relevant to the films and with such important guests in attendance."
Following its special showing in the Screen Machine, Local Hero will go on for more screenings in the Year of Natural Scotland film programme, showing in Portobello, Pool of Muckhart and Glasgow.
Full details of the current Screen Machine tour and programme, including details of how to book tickets, are available at www.screenmachine.co.uk or by phone on 0871 902 5750.