AN unmissable double bill for film fans tonight (Thursday) includes the big screen showing of Scottish classic movie Local Hero – plus Bill Forsyth, its rarely-seen director, in Inverness for a face-to-face interview.
The 1983 film follows an American oil company employee sent to the fictional West Coast village of Ferness to buy up the land for his boss played by Burt Lancaster.
With music by Mark Knopfler, the film also has a stellar cast including the new Doctor Who – Peter Capaldi, plus veteran stars Lancaster and the late Scots Fulton Mackay and Rikki Fulton. John Gordon Sinclair, Denis Lawson and Alex Norton are also featured.
Eden Court film programmer Paul Taylor said: "It’s really wonderful to have Bill Forsyth coming up to Eden Court to talk about possibly the greatest Scottish film ever made."
"This looks like it’ll be my favourite night of the year."
Paul also feels that people who might never have seen the film on a cinema screen might want to take another look.
"Everyone knows and loves Local Hero, but unless you’ve seen it on the big screen in the cinema projected on 35 millimetre, then you haven’t truly seen it the way it deserves to be seen."
The event is being hosted by the Scottish touring film season To See Oursels which includes a range of classic Scottish films and rarely-screened TV dramas, expert introductions and panel discussions as it takes a look at the way Scotland has seen itself on screen over the last 40 years.
Also at the Inverness event tonight, Bill Forsyth will talk about the film’s comedy and way of tackling Scottish stereotypes.
Filming included locations across Scotland, from Eastern coastal village Penaan with its red telephone box, to the beaches of Morar and Arisaig.
As well as winning 1983’s BAFTA for best director, Bill Forsyth won two more awards for best screenplay from New York Film Critics and also the National Society of Film Critics in America
The film was nominated for a total of seven BAFTAs – best film, best film music (Mark Knopfler), best cinematography, best original screenplay (Bill Forsyth), best editing plus best actor in a supporting role (Burt Lancaster).
Local Hero was voted one of top 10 films of 1983 by the National Board of Review Awards.
Local Hero and Bill Forsyth Q&A is on at Eden Court tonight (Thursday) at 8pm. For more details : www.eden-court.co.uk and you can phone box office on 0463 234234. The next To See Oursels event will be From Scotland With Love – archived Scottish film footage with a specially-written soundtrack by King Creosote – on Saturday, September 6.