Friday, September 13, 2013

Sunshine on Leith

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Starring: George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan

Based on a stage play by Stephen Greenhor it features the songs of the Proclaimers. Two battle weary soldiers, Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) are trying to rebuild their lives and loves back in their hometown of Leith after a tour of Afghanistan. Davy is suffering PTSD and has just met Yvonne (Antonia Thomas) and loner Ally is planning to marry Davy’s sister, Liz (Freya Mavor), but she wants to go to America. Davy’s father Rab (Peter Mullan) is hiding a secret from his wife, Jean (Jane Horrocks). Not exactly plain sailing, the drama is played out in the backdrop of the Capital of Scotland. The Proclaimers’ harmonies translate well into musical numbers, but the delivery varies between polished and somebody hollering in the shower. Not the best choreographed musical but what it lacks in subtleties and emotional wallop it certainly makes up in cheeriness.

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