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Sunshine on Leith (PG)

Sunshine on Leith (PG)


Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. Read more …

The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.

The critical consensus

A remorselessly rousing attempt to do for the Scottish pub rock twins what Mamma Mia! did for Abba or Tommy for The Who.

****(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 12/09/2013

When the actors, most of whom have good voices, do break into song, it’s easy to get swept up in the film’s general exuberance.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/09/2013

All of the cast can hold a tune and director Dexter Fletcher stages showstopping numbers with aplomb. The Edinburgh and Glasgow locations look fabulous and you will leave with a tear in your eye and a smile on your face.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 16/09/2013

Providing a joyous antidote to the grim social realism that Scottish cinema has become associated with, Sunshine On Leith is a charming, big-hearted crowd-pleaser. Far from the cringey Karaoke session you might be expecting, it’s an engaging feel-good experience. A feel-braw, if you will.

****(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 26/09/2013

As a night out, Sunshine On Leith has enthusiasm by the bucket, and emotional roughness that is vastly preferable to the gloss of Mamma Mia.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 29/09/2013

Like The Proclaimers’ best known song the picture starts slowly but builds to a joyous conclusion that will convince you to jump on the next train to Scotland and expect glorious sunshine.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 02/10/2013

The overall quality of Sunshine on Leith is thankfully a far cry from the likes of Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia!, and worth seeing for Mullan’s Tom Waits-channelling alone.

***(*)(*)Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny, 03/10/2013

Pitched perfectly between microbudget miracle Once and all-star Aegean romp Mamma Mia! What these songs lack in recognition they make up for in feelgood factor.

****(*)Emma Morgan, Total Film, 03/10/2013

It may lack the subtleties and emotional wallop of a lo-fi musical like Once, but Sunshine On Leith delivers a bright, cheery, big-hearted smile of a movie. If it’s a huge hit, expect SingalongaRunrig at an IMAX near you.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 30/09/2013

The singalong, turned into a musical for stage and now screen, is better than one feared or hoped.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 03/10/2013

Dexter Fletcher's rousing, low-budget musical Sunshine on Leith is so likable that you hardly notice that the singing and choreography aren't all that slick or clever.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 03/10/2013

One week on and still smiling.

****(*)Ruth Carruthers, Little White Lies, 03/10/2013

What makes it work are the performers, particularly Mullan and Horrocks, who give it their considerable all.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 03/10/2013

Things happens, people change and life evolves, but home – the place we’d walk 500 miles to get to – really is wherever the heart is.

***(*)(*)Callum Madge, TVBomb, 12/10/2013

Features about Sunshine on Leith (PG)

Sunshine on Leith map showcases the Edinburgh locations used in the film

Jamie Brotherston, The List, 20/09/2013

500 Smiles: Dexter Fletcher on Sunshine on Leith

Stephen Carty, The Skinny, 30/09/2013

McMamma Mia: Prolcaimers follow in Abba's musical footsteps

Steven Brocklehurst, BBC, 02/10/2013

Sunshine on Leith is Dundee Rep's baby

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 28/09/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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