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Press release   •   Jun 06, 2016 10:39 BST

Eilean Donan Castle, as seen in Highlander (1986)

Visitors to this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are being encouraged to go on “set-jetting” trips to explore the real Scottish locations they see on the silver screen.

Some of the country’s most iconic attractions and stunning scenery will be showcased at this year’s festival and VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, says the sight of places such as Eilean Donan Castle in Highlander and St Andrews Cathedral in Tommy’s Honour will inspire cinephiles to follow in the footsteps of their celluloid heroes.

The EIFF, which is supported through EventScotland’s International Funding Programme, will be screening a total of 161 features from 15-26 June, with a number of them shot on location in Scotland.

Scotland-set films include:

  • Tommy’s Honour (15 June, Opening Night Gala, Festival Theatre): The world premiere of Jason Connery’s true story about Scottish golf pioneers Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris was filmed in a variety of locations around Scotland, predominately in East Lothian and Fife. Locations include: Musselburgh Old Course, the world’s oldest golf course, Gilmerton House (Haddington), Gosford House (Longniddry), Falkland and St Andrews (Fife)
  • The Correspondence (17 June, Filmhouse 1 and 19 June, Odeon 2): A love story filmed and set in Edinburgh and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (18 June, Filmhouse 1): Harris gained a well-earned reputation for being ‘out of this world’ when it doubled for the surface of Jupiter in Stanley Kubrick’s legendary science fiction adventure
  • Highlander (18 June, Cineworld 7): The 30th anniversary screening of Russell Mulcahy’s fantasy film sees Christopher Lambert’s character of Connor MacLeod back at Eilean Donan Castle, which doubles for the village of Glenfinnan. Eilean Donan also serves as the Scottish headquarters of MI6 in the 1999 James Bond film The World is Not Enough
  • Trainspotting (19 June, Filmhouse 1): The opening scene of Danny Boyle’s cinematic version of Irvine Welsh’s novel, currently filming a sequel in Edinburgh, sees Renton (Ewan McGregor) and Spud (Ewen Bremner) being pursued down Princes Street by security staff
  • Whisky Galore! (26 June, Closing Night Gala, Festival Theatre): The remake of the classic Ealing comedy, which was originally shot on the Isle of Barra, was filmed mainly in Aberdeenshire, at Pennan (of Local Hero fame) and Portsoy. Among the numerous other locations are St Monan’s Parish Church in the East Neuk of Fife (also used in The Railway Man), Luss Village Hall in Loch Lomond and Loch Thom in Greenock

Scotland will also be seen in the coming-of-age comedy Moon Dogs, Gaelic language drama Bannan and Shooting the Revel – Re-Discovering Edinburgh College of Art’s Revel Films of the 1930s and 1940s. Documentary Lost in France explores Scotland’s independent music scene, while Bridging the Gap: Women, is a series of short documentaries made in Scotland.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

"The Edinburgh International Film Festival is a wonderful celebration of the magic of cinema, giving visitors the chance to enjoy brilliant movies in a beautiful and vibrant capital city.

“After taking in the films, we would urge visitors to explore some of stunning locations featured on the big screen during the festival, from the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, as seen in Highlander, to the historic splendour of East Lothian and Fife in Tommy’s Honour.

“Set-jetting is a hugely popular pastime which helps Scotland’s visitor economy. This causes a ripple effect that touches every industry, business and community in the country – from laundry services to life sciences.”

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said:

“Scotland is the first location choice of so many incredible films and film makers and this year’s Festival showcases some of the best and most beautiful settings the country has to offer.

“Not only do our Opening Night film Tommy’s Honour and our Closing Night film Whisky Galore show off some wonderful locations, but other new films such as Moon Dogs display Scotland at its best. Audiences will be blown away by the breath-taking backgrounds of Scotland and may recognise a few familiar sites along the way.”

Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said:

“East Lothian is delighted to have played its part in many films and TV series which raises the region's profile, attracts visitors and shows a positive economic impact.”

Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, 2016 marks its 70th edition making it the longest continually running film festival in the world.

For more information about the EIFF, go to www.edfilmfest.org

For more information about film tourism, go to https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions/tv-film/

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