Actor Jane Horrocks and Director Dexter Fletcher paid a visit to Saffron Screen last week for an entertaining Q&A and screening of their film, Sunshine on Leith.

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Horrocks, who rose to fame following celebrated performances in Life is Sweet and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, introduced the film which has been dubbed the Scottish Mamma Mia! and is a joyous, toe-tapping adaptation of the acclaimed stage musical featuring the songs of The Proclaimers.

Horrocks was later joined for a Q&A by the film’s director, Dexter Fletcher, who is best known for his acting role in Guy Ritchie’s film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and his convincing performance as an American soldier in Band of Brothers. Both stars gave candid answers to questions from the audience in what was described by one audience member as “an entertaining and memorable evening”.

Lancashire -born Horrocks described how she was “very excited to have worked on a British musical” and explained the preparation needed to accurately mimic the Edinburgh accent she uses in the film.

Fletcher spoke in detail about filming on location and the trials and tribulations of working on a film with a low budget, in this case £3.5 million. He told how Peter Mullan and Jason Flemyng had enjoyed the chance to play against type as loving, all-singing, all-dancing men.

Sunshine on Leith is Fletcher’s second film as a director and has been very well received by critics and audiences alike. It even had Saffron Screen staff dancing in the aisles as the credits rolled and certainly lives up to its name as the “feel fabulous film of the year”.

The film tells the story of two squaddies who return home to Leith from duty in Afghanistan, settle back into family life and find girlfriends, but not without a few problems along the way. With fabulous Edinburgh locations and a strong cast, it is a real crowd-pleaser full of warmth, cheek and infectious energy.

The sell-out event was later the talk of Twitter and Facebook. One Twitter user, John Goddard, said “How do Saffron Screen do it? Loved Sunshine on Leith tonight, followed by live Q&A with director Dexter Fletcher and fabulous star Jane Horrocks!”

And a Facebook user raved “An entertaining Q&A. Tempted to come along again for another helping. Really uplifting with genuine laughter. Worth every penny and more”.

The visit from Horrocks and Fletcher follows the hugely popular visit from Hollywood actor Nick Frost earlier in the year.

Sunshine on Leith will be shown again for Saffron Scream on Sunday, December 8 at 11am (this is a screening for parents and babies under one but all others are welcome) and at 2pm on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

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