Sunshine on Leith (2013)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Director Dexter Fletcher | Writer Stephen Greenhorn (based on his stage musical) | Cinematographer George Richmond | Starring Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, George MacKay, Antonia Thomas, Freya Mavor | Length 100 minutes | Seen at Cineworld Haymarket, London, Monday 7 October 2013 || My Rating 2.5 stars likeable

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I was born in Edinburgh and spent the first ten years of my life there, which means I’m left with peculiarly rose-tinted memories of the place, untouched by the kinds of behaviour essayed in films like Shallow Grave or Trainspotting (the latter of which is cutely referenced here). And much though I applaud the attempt to make this musical resonate with real working-class lives, I’m left feeling it has the same PG-rated optimistic glow of childhood memories running through it as I do.

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