Film festival scoops official London premiere by 24 hours ...
Fifers will be able to see the new Billy Connolly and David Tennant film in Kirkcaldy as part of this year’s town film festival, ahead of its star-studded world premiere in London.
Organisers of Kirkcaldy Film Festival have secured a special screening of ‘What We Did On Our Holiday’ for the Adam Smith Theatre on Sunday, September 21 - the day before its official premiere in London when the stars will be walking down the red carpet.
The BBC film - backed with more than £250,000 of public money - is just one of the new films that have been scheduled into the programme for the three day festival.
Filmed largely in Scotland, the movie unites two of the country’s biggest acting talents for the first time.
Connolly and Tennant, who play father and son, are due to attend the West End premiere, along with co-stars Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller and Amelia Bullmore.
Alan Morrison, artistic director of Kirkcaldy Film Festival, said: “We have got the special preview of the film ‘What We Did On Our Holidays’.
“It’s got the two big Scottish stars and a lot of it was shot in Scotland. I’m so chuffed that we have managed to get a special preview of this film.
“Kirkcaldy has been trusted to have a screening of it before the premiere.
“Everyone that goes to see it at the festival will see it before the big stars in London.”
VisitScotland has unveiled plans for a major campaign centred on the film.
Locations used for the ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’ shoot included a 19th-Georgian mansion house, Finnich Malise, on the edge of the Loch Lomond National Park, beaches around Gairloch in Wester Ross, and Loch Katrine, in Stirlingshire.
The black comedy revolves around a lavish party planned for the 75th birthday of an eccentric grandfather (Connolly).
Tennant plays his son, who travels from London with his wife and discovers his father has been keeping the seriousness of his illness from his family. It is directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the creators of popular comedy series ‘Outnumbered’.
The Kirkcaldy screening of the film is being sponsored by local firms, Park Place Insurance and Clarkson Hamilton Solicitors.
David Nicholson, director of Park Place Insurance, said: “We’re absolutely delighted we’re involved in this world exclusive special screening of the film.”
Mr Nicholson said the film festival was a “great event” and wished organisers all the best with it. He added: “Local businesses showing support for local activities and events is always important.”
>> See our official Kirkcaldy Film festival guide in this week’s Fife Free Press