Australian Premieres

Whisky Galore

Australian Premiere

The inhabitants of a Scottish island conspire to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a nearby stranded ship in this retelling of the immortal true story by Compton MacKenzie and the 1949 Ealing comedy of the same name.

This sprightly trifle about wily Scots outwitting the officious English sees the villagers of the tiny Scottish island of Todday desperate to plunder a liquid cargo, given they are close to running out of booze due to wartime prohibitions. The pompous captain of the ship (Eddie Izzard) is keen to thwart all attempts to liberate the amber nectar, while local hero (Gregor Fisher) leads ingenious endeavours to befuddle the military’s efforts.

This fresh take on Whisky Galore – while remaining faithful to the charm of the original film – is shot on location in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, by Nigel Willoughby, with a jaunty Patrick Doyle score, and a wry and acerbic script by Peter McDougall that never resorts to crude caricatures. A film made by Scots for Scots.

Gillies Mackinnon
Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo, Sean Biggerstaff, Ellie Kendrick, Naomi Battrick, Tim Pigott-Smith, Gregor Fisher
2016 | 96 MIN | UK COMEDY
What makes the film so pleasurable is the humour and lyricism.
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