LOCAL HERO DVD and Book together
LOCAL HERO by Jonathan Melville Hardback book, signed by the author. 258 pages. 12 pages of black & white & colour photos.
‘It’s not a high concept movie, there’s actually no story there really. It’s what happens in between the story that’s important’
Bill Forsyth, writer & director of the film.
Poignant, funny and gentle, Local Hero is one of Scotland’s most beloved films. Author Jonathan Melville checks into the MacAskill Armsand looks back at Bill Forsyth’s career with the help of new and archive interviews, before spending time with the cast and crew, including stars Peter Riegert and Denis Lawson, who made Local Hero on location in Houston and Scotland in 1982.
With access to early drafts of the Local Hero script, (including hand-written notes); and excerpts from a previously unpublished interview in which Bill Forsyth explains why he refuses to call his film ‘feel-good’; and a look at long-lost deleted scenes with exclusive commentary from those involved, this is the definitive history of the Scottish classic.
‘Local Hero is one of my favourite films of all time . . . A timeless masterpiece.’
Mark Kermode, chief film critic for The Observer.
LOCAL HERO DVD OPTIONAL SUBTITLES Year: 1983. Colour. Comedy-drama. Running time: 106 min approx plus 24 min extras.
Directed & written by Bill Forsyth.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Jenny Seagrove,Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi, Fulton Mackay and John Gordon Sinclair.
An American oil company representative is sent to the fictional village of Ferness on the west coast of Scotland to purchase the town for his company, who plan to replace it with a refinery. He spends several weeks in Ferness and becomes conflicted as he presses to close the deal that will cause the end of the quaint village. The villagers are tired of their hard life and want to make a deal, but a local man owns the beach and he won’t sell. The oil company boss arrives. Will money win – or is there another way?
Forsyth won the 1984 BAFTA Award for Best Direction.