Scots screen stars set to provide Highlands with film boost
SCOTS screen stars Kevin McKidd and Ashley Jensen are to give the Highlands another boost after it was announced their latest movie is to be filmed in the area.
Shooting on the £2.6million film Indian Summer is to start early next year.
The bittersweet romance is set to star Elgin-born McKidd and fellow Scot Jensen, who was in Ugly Betty and Extras.
The news comes less than a month after the world premiere of Disney Pixar animation Brave, which is also set in the Highlands.
Brave could boost the Scottish economy by £140million.
Indian Summer is set on a remote farm in the Highlands in the summer of 1967.
It follows the life of 11-year-old Dean O’Donal, sent to live with relatives after his parents are killed in a car accident.
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Shooting in Scotland in the spring of 2011, Indian Summer is a bittersweet romance about love, life and identity, set on a remote farm in the Scottish Highlands in summer of 1967, the “Summer of Love”. It’s the story of an orphaned boy, his embittered uncle, and beautiful but lonely aunt, whose lives are changed forever by the arrival of an exotic stranger, who is not only a U.S. Marine, but a Native American Indian.
Inspired by the timeless Western Shane, it’s a movie in the tradition of classics like Whistle Down the Wind, The Go-Between, Kes and Local Hero, and recent popular hits like Finding Neverland, Billy Elliot and About a Boy. It’s a life-affirming, magical, feel-good movie (with a classic 60s soundtrack) that celebrates the wild and beautiful Scottish landscape, and contrasts the innocence of childhood with the secret passions of the adult world.
The screenplay is written by Brian Ward (The Interpreter, Death Defying Acts) and after many years directing music films and TV drama, this is his feature debut as director. He is backed by an experienced production team including producer Iain Brown, Executive Producers Mike Kelt & Joanna Dewar Gibb, casting director Maureen Duff, editor Alex Mackie & director of photography Denis Crossan.