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AT BURNHAM RITZ: Sunshine On Leith (PG)
2:26pm Friday 11th October 2013 in What's On
LYRICS by The Proclaimers were the inspiration for playwright Stephen Greenhorn for his critically acclaimed 2007 stage musical, Sunshine On Leith, which actor turned director Dexter Fletcher now brings to the big screen.
Davy (George MacKay) and best mate Ally (Kevin Guthrie) return home to Leith after a roadside explosive kills one of their band of brothers. Ally falls into the arms of his girlfriend Yvonne (Freya Mavor), who is Davy's sister, while Davy kindles romance with Yvonne's best friend, Liz (Antonia Thomas).
Both relationships blossom and Ally buys a ring, intending to go down on bended knee at the forthcoming 25th anniversary party of Davy and Liz's parents, Rab (Peter Mullan) and Jean (Jane Horrocks). A dark secret from the past threatens to tear the family apart, propelling the characters along divergent paths.
Sunshine On Leith is shamelessly sentimental, tugging heartstrings with abandon, but the joyfulness gradually wears us down until we're powerless to resist.
MacKay, Guthrie, Thomas and Mavor sing their parts with conviction and charm, while Mullan and Horrocks lend emotional gravitas as a long-time married couple in emotional crisis. Musical sequences are delivered with gusto including a beer-soaked rendition of Let's Get Married in a bar, which is countered by Hate My Love as young dreams turn sour.
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