Whisky Ga­lore... no won­der Rab C is there!

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Mau­reen Sug­den

IT is no mean feat to un­der­take a re­make of one of Scot­land’s clas­sic movies – but film­ing got un­der way yesterday on a new ver­sion of Whisky Ga­lore.

The sec­ond retelling of Comp­ton Macken­zie’s 1 47 novel, fea­tur­ing the ex­ploits of a group of is­lan­ders who raid a shipwreck for its consignment of thou­sands of bot­tles of whisky, fea­tures Rab C Nes­bitt star Gre­gor Fisher and co­me­dian Ed­die Iz­zard.

The novel was inspired by the real-life sink­ing of the SS Politi­cian off Eriskay in 1 41. The ship was car­ry­ing 28,000 cases of whisky and was pil­laged by thirsty lo­cals de­prived of the spirit in wartime.

Cam­eras started rolling yesterday in the fish­ing vil­lage of Port­soy, Aberdeen-

Ship was pil­laged by thirsty lo­cals

shire, just along the coast from Pen­nan, which was the set­ting for another iconic Scot­tish movie, 1 83’s Lo­cal Hero.

As ac­tors gath­ered in pe­riod dress, one scene fea­tured a small boat be­ing rowed ashore stacked with crates.

The orig­i­nal black-and-white Whisky Ga­lore!, star­ring Gor­don Jack­son and James Robert­son Jus­tice, was shot on Barra dur­ing a wet sum­mer in 1 48 and was re­leased in 1 4 .

Scots-born Gillies MacKin­non, who di­rected gang movie Small Faces, is at the helm of the new ven­ture. A spokesman said: ‘It seems folly to have made the orig­i­nal film in monochrome when the un­match­able colours of land and sea in the area were avail­able.’

Scotch on the rocks: Gre­gor Fisher stars in a new ver­sion of Whisky Ga­lore, which be­gan film­ing in Aberdeen­shire yesterday

Full to the gun­wales: A scene from the orig­i­nal film, based on the SS Politi­cian raids

Smug­glers ahoy: Crates of ‘whisky’ are rowed ashore yesterday at Port­soy

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