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Scots film tops 'locations' poll
The coastal town of Pennan was the location for Local Hero
The coastal town of Pennan was the location for Local Hero
A 22-year-old Scottish film has come out top in a film critics' poll for the best use of locations in Britain.

The poll for the Film Distributors' Association gave the accolade to Bill Forsyth's 1983 film Local Hero, shot in the Aberdeenshire village of Pennan.

The Full Monty came second in the poll of 2,000 film critics, journalists and regional media editors for its use of locations in Sheffield.

Danny Boyle's Trainspotting came third for its scenes in Edinburgh.

The FDA invited critics to nominate films which had made the most atmospheric use of British locations, where the exterior settings themselves added a strong sense of time and place to the story.

Local Hero, produced by David Puttnam and starring Burt Lancaster, Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi and Jenny Seagrove, emerged top.

TOP TEN GREATEST USES OF BRITISH FILM LOCATIONS
1. Local Hero - Pennan, Aberdeenshire
2. The Full Monty - Sheffield
3. Trainspotting
4. The Railway Children
5. An American Werewolf in London
6. The French Lieutenant's - Lyme Regis, Dorset
7. Brassed Off - Barnsley, Doncaster, Halifax and Grimethorpe Colliery
8. Brief Encounter - Carnforth Station
9. Kes, Barnsley
10. Shadowlands - Oxford and Wye Valley

The Bafta-winning comedy saw the representatives of a US petro-chemical giant, who were seeking to build a refinery in a Scottish coastal village, come to find the gentler rhythms of the local life practically irresistible.

The film teamed up Pennan, with its iconic red telephone box, with Camusdarrach Beach in Morar to create the fictional village of Ferness.

Lord Puttnam said: "I am delighted but not all that surprised that Local Hero has proved so enduringly popular, as this poll demonstrates.

"It's a film of which I remain immensely proud and I'm thrilled that it's continuing to give great pleasure to people across the UK."

All sorts

The author of Scotland the Movie, David Bruce, said: "I think Bill Forsyth uses the landscape and the seascape as a character in the movie in a way which is pretty well unique."

Brenda Kutchinsky, former owner of the Pennan Inn, said that the effect of the film had grown over the years.

She said: "You get all sorts of people, but it is mainly nice people because they are so happy to have finally made it.

Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting
Trainspotting was third on the list

"It is like one of their must-dos before I die - get to Pennan because of Local Hero."

The outside of the Pennan Inn features extensively in the film.

The fictional owners were Stella and Gordon, but for the last five weeks its real owners have been Vince and Louise Melvin.

Mr Melvin said: "Some people, it actually borders on being a pilgrimage for them.

"We had an American couple who watch the film every thanksgiving with their family and this was their first visit. It was just a magical place for them."

Mrs Melvin said that she had not seen the movie before she moved into the inn.

She said: "One of our Norwegian customers had his copy with him and made me promise I would watch it. So I have watched it and it is a nice movie."




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