Bill Forsyth was born on July 29, 1946 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland as William David Forsyth. He is a director and writer, known for Local Hero (1983), Comfort and Joy (1984), Gregory’s Girl (1980), Housekeeping (1987)
As The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh prepares to stage the world premiere of a major new production of Local Hero, we take a look back at seven classic moments from the film that pitted the ambitions of American oil multinational against the ways of a beautiful Highland village.
It’s never locked
On the road all night and with an injured rabbit in tow, it is at first an uncertain welcome for the oil executive Mac and his colleague Oldsen at the MacAskill Arms – not least because they appear to have interrupted the bedroom time of amorous landlord Gordon Urquhart. The encounter is smoothed, however, when Urquhart appears downstairs in his dressing gown to declare the door “is never locked” before inviting the pair in. He asks the pair to help themselves to coffee and toast – and lettuce for the rabbit – before disappearing back upstairs to finish his business. It is a rare welcome, indeed. Continue reading →
NEW dates and a star-studded cast have been announced for the world premiere of the Royal Lyceum’s stage adaptation of Local Hero.
Children’s telly favourite Katrina Bryan and long-running star of The Bill Simon Rouse are just two of the popular television faces coming to the Royal Lyceum to appear in the musical when it opens this March. Based on Bill Forsyth’s 1983 film, demand for tickets for the production has been so great the Grindlay Street theatre has been forced to extend the run of the show by an extra two weeks. A wry comedy about a man who sets out to buy a beach, but ends up losing his heart to a village, Forsyth’s much-loved tale takes to the stage with new music and songs by Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler. Continue reading →
Book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig, Music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler. Based on the screenplay of the original film, written and directed by Bill Forsyth
“We’re gonna be rich… filthy dirty rich!” A wry comedy about a man who sets out to buy a beach, but ends up losing his heart to a village, Bill Forsyth’s magical Local Hero takes to the stage with new music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.
Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It’s the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds out that putting a price on this scenic spot is more complicated than he bargained for. Before the locals get rich, they must decide what a village is worth –a Maserati? A million? A marriage? Or is feeling at home worth more than even oil money can buy?
Treasured by a generation in Scotland and loved far and wide, Local Hero is one of the defining moments of Scottish storytelling. Now the original creators of the international hit film and bestselling soundtrack Bill Forsyth and Mark Knopfler have teamed up with The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig to create this brand new musical stage production with a multi-award winning creative team. Co-produced with The Old Vic. This production is generously supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and presented by special arrangement with Neal Street Productions and Patrick Daly of Caledonia Productions.
Principal Production Sponsor – The Famous Grouse Supported by the Culture & Business Fund Scotland
Kermode meets up with director Bill Forsyth at the recent Shetland Film Festival where he shows some extraordinary never-before-seen documents showing how he financed his first film That Sinking Feeling
This edition of Kermode Uncut Film Club (from 2015) is Bill Forsyth’s timeless masterpiece Local Hero. Kermode explains why he loves this film so much along with anecdotes and recollections from the director himself.