Filming for Whisky Galore Continues Near Greenock

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Starring Gregor Fisher, (aka Rab. C. Nesbitt) and comedian Eddie Izzard, filming continues on a lonely track near Loch Thom. Previous film locations of the long-awaited remake have taken place in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire and St Monans, Fife.

Gillies Mackinnon, directing the remake, pointed-out, “like producing a good whisky a film takes time”.

The original was filmed in 1949 in Barra and was based on a true story. In 1941 the SS Politician sank near the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, with a cargo of 264,000 bottles of whisky. Eight years later the film Whisky Galore recounted the story of how the locals raced to retrive the ship’s liquid cargo.

Eddie Izzard shared scenes from the production with his 3.9million followers on Twitter.

Based on the novel of the same name by Compton MacKenzie, the inhabitants of the isolated island of Todday in the Outer Hebrides are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until the supply of whisky runs out in 1943. Then gloom descends on the disconsolate natives. Things take an unexpected turn for the better when the freighter S.S. Cabinet Minister runs aground in heavy fog late one night and begins to sink. The Biffer (Morland Graham) and Sammy MacCodrun (John Gregson) row out to investigate and are ecstatic to learn from its departing crew that the cargo consists of 50,000 cases of whisky.

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