Whisky Galore! in cinemas

Whisky Galore! in cinemas

May 31, 2017

A remake of the 1949 film Whisky Galore was released in cinemas this month.

Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall, and was shot on location in Scotland, telling the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay.

The film was premiered at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival last year, featuring a cast of talented Scottish actors, including Eddie Izzard, Ellie Kendrick, Naomi Battrick, James Cosmo, Gregor Fisher, Kevin Guthrie, and Sean Biggerstaff.

The film is inspired by Sir Compton MacKenzie’s novel of the same name, an author who once lived in Edinburgh at 31 Drummond Place.

The novel was based on real events that took place in 1941, when the cargo ship SS Politician became stranded on rocks just offshore on the coast of Barra. Present in her cargo were 22,000 barrels of whisky. This fact alone inspired the islanders to attempt to salvage the bottles of amber liquid from the wreckage.

Whiskey Galore! is currently showing in cinemas across the UK.

You can learn more about the true story behind the novel over on the BBC website here.

Sir Compton MacKenzie

Sir Compton MacKenzie was a Scottish writer of fiction, biography, history, and a memoir. Born in England to a family of theatre performers, MacKenzie went on to study Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He co-founded the Scottish Nationalist Party in 1928, alongside Hugh MacDiarmid, RB Cunninghame Graham and John MacCormick, and is best known for his two comic pieces of fiction based in Scotland: Whisky Galore (1947) in the Hebrides, and The Monarch of the Glen (1941) in the Scottish Highlands.