The sophomore feature from British actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) stars Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice) in a vibrant cinematic adaptation of the acclaimed stage musical, inspired by the chart-topping album from Scottish band The Proclaimers.
Sunshine on Leith
What would you give up for love? What love would you be willing to give up on? What makes love last — and when, if ever, is it time to let go? These tough questions drive Sunshine on Leith, a soaring musical based on the endlessly catchy tunes of Scotland's beloved folk-pop duo The Proclaimers.
Best friends Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) return from military service in Afghanistan. Both come back in one piece — unlike some of their colleagues. Their brush with death only intensifies a desire to live life to the fullest, which for Davy involves falling head-over-heels in love with Yvonne (Antonia Thomas), while Ally plans to propose marriage to Davy's sister Liz (Freya Mavor). Meanwhile, Davy and Liz's folks, Rab (Peter Mullan) and Jean (Jane Horrocks), are set to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. It should be a happy occasion, if only Rab weren't keeping a troubling secret.
A perfect balance of profound themes
and rousing songs — from "I'm On My Way"
to "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" — sung by
actors giving it their soulful best, Sunshine
on Leith piles one stirring scene atop
another. Based on the stage musical by
Stephen Greenhorn, the ebullient script
seamlessly entwines dialogue and music,
while director Dexter Fletcher's focus on
character development still leaves ample
room for bursts of joyous, unexpected choreography:
a party turns into a punch-up,
and a declaration of love turns into a flash
mob in the sunny streets of Leith. You'll
be humming these numbers long after the
credits roll, wondering all the while: Who
would you walk 500 miles for?