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EDIE DIRECTOR: SIMON HUNTER RELEASED NATIONWIDE: 25 MAY
In Edie, our 83-year-old heroine sets out to conquer the summit of Suilven in Assynt. Sheila Hancock is outstanding as Edith Moore, a once-adventurous girl who has endured a lifetime of dutiful, confined womanhood as a wife, mother and carer. Now widowed, Edie discovers a postcard of Suilven sent by her father 30 years ago, and belatedly follows his call to action.
The years, however, have taken their toll. Edie is embittered by her life’s experiences and physically frail. A remote 731m mountain poses no small challenge. She strikes up a wary partnership with Lochinver local Jonny (Kevin Guthrie), and together they prepare for the hike.
There is much here to delight the heart. The cinematography is spectacular – shot after shot captures gorgeous scenes of Assynt, rich with woodland, waterfalls, moorland, beaches and beauty. The film ably conveys the oppressive fear of having left life too late, and Hancock is affecting in communicating Edie’s determination to feel alive, and her bouts of self-doubt.
Now 85 herself, Hancock scaled the mountain, camped with the crew, hiked, cycled and rowed. It’s a hugely inspiring performance; her very own call to action.
Sheila Hancock sets her sights on the distinctive summit of Suilven in Edie INSET With Kevin Guthrie