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Sunday, 19 August, 2001, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Winslet attends Enigma première
Winslet with co-stars Dougray Scott and Saffron Burrows
Star turn: Winslet, Dougray Scott and Saffron Burrows
Titanic star Kate Winslet has appeared at the Edinburgh première of her latest film Enigma, a World War II thriller about code breakers.

The 25-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Dougray Scott and Saffron Burrows for the film's first screening outside the US at the Scottish capital's film festival.

Enigma is adapted from the best selling novel by Robert Harris.

Winslet revealed why she was attracted to the role of Hester Wallace, the heroine who assists a brilliant mathematician in his attempt to crack the German Navy's secret codes during the Second World War.

"She is completely unglamorous, doesn't wear much make up and also wears really dodgy glasses. There aren't many nice costumes in this film," she said.

Robert Harris
Harris: Wrote original Enigma novel
"She's quite boring, but she's a really good character and was a real challenge for me to play."

The film's producer, Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was due at the gala screening but he had to pull out at last minute.

Winslet added that Jagger was a fantastic inspiration when the film was made.

"Mick was on set a lot of the time and he was absolutely brilliant," she said.

"It's quite easy for people to say he was just a name attached to the project, but he was the driving force behind it and he was there all the time being the producer and wearing his wellington boots."

Enigma machine
Code-breaking may have shortened the war
The film's director, Michael Apted, said he was delighted to have brought the story to the big screen and was glad the leading actors involved were all British.

"British films do very well in America and American audiences really like British actors.

"If the film had been made in America it would have been a lot more expensive and a lot more glossy, but it would not have had the ring of truth.

We would also have had to put up with some strange acting in it."

'Wonderful job'

Harris said he had whole-heartedly approved the changes made to his story in the film script and said he was delighted with the outcome.

"They've done a wonderful job and I really like the changes that have been made.

"They have changed the beginning and the end a bit, but the spirit of the book is still there."

The film's lead character is Tom Jericho, who is played by the Fife-born actor Dougray Scott.

Although Scott turned up for the beginning of the premiere, he left just 15 minutes into the screening to watch his favourite football team Hibs play Rangers on TV in a nearby pub.


"It's really nice to be here, but I'd rather be at Ibrox where the match is being played," he said.

English actress Saffron Burrows added that she loved being in Scotland.

"Whenever I am in Scotland I always feel very embarrassed about being English," she said.

"It's very frosty down south, so I prefer it when I'm up here. I'd like to work up here full time, that would be really nice."

The BBC's Robert Nisbet
"It's produced by Mick Jagger"
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