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Sunshine on Hockley as Brit movie arrives

September 17, 2013


STAR of the Press Gang turned director, Dexter Fletcher, is heading to Nottingham this week to introduce his latest film.

Sunshine on Leith follows the lives of Dave and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from fighting in Afghanistan.

It's a story of jobs, relationships and struggles of life after the Ar my.

Fletcher says: It's a musical based on a play that was done at Dundee Rep a few years ago and it has all the music of The Proclaimers in it.

The Broadway Cinema is set to host a free screening of Sunshine on Leith, the second film directed by Fletcher - one of the most recognisable faces in the British acting industry.

A star of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Press Gang, Band of Brothers and Bugsy Malone will be speaking about his latest film beforehand and then taking part in a question and answer session afterwards. He says: I'm excited about going round the country talking to people about it. Any Press Gang, Lock Stock or Bugsy Malone fans who want to come, I'd love to see them there. The film is an adaptation of a musical of the same name in which Proclaimers songs such as I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) are an integral part.

Fletcher says: The story is wrapped around these songs and the songs aren't just shoehorned in, they're actually an integral part of the storytelling. That was obviously exciting, being able to tell a story in this way, about these characters and their lives, and getting to use these really good songs by The Proclaimers - some of which are well known and others that aren't.

People can rediscover it or discover them for the first time. The lyrics are really good in The Proclaimers' songs, they're sort of like poets.

I read it and I didn't listen to the songs when I read it, I just read the lyrics and the lyrics are very good.

And Fletcher thinks that the prospect of his Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels co-star, Jason Flemyng, singing and dancing will be an enticing prospect for movie-goers.

He said: My mate Jason, who was in Lock Stock with me, is in it and he sings and dances.

He's got a big song and dance number, so the film alone is worth it just to see Jason Flemyng singing and dancing - it's hysterical. The London-born actor is relishing his foray into directing at the age of 47.

I suppose directing was something I always dreamed I could do and now here I am, it's really exciting.

When I was a kid my brother and I used to make little silly films together.

The older I got, the more experienced I got, and the more confident I got that I could do it.

It's a really big undertaking, directing, and you have to be brave and confident. The special one-off showing will take place on Saturday at 6.15pm and although tickets are free spaces are limited.

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