'Whisky Galore!' world premiere to close Film Festival

Fans of classic Scottish cinema are in for a treat this June as Edinburgh International Film Festival delivers the world premiere of the remade Whisky Galore!

Film Fest Whisky Galore 975x400

The 70th edition of the Film Festival runs from 15-26 June 2016, and will close with director Gillies Mackinnon's new version of the much-loved Sir Compton Mackenzie novel.

The iconic comedy tells the true story of how a group of local people from the island of Eriskay take full advantage, when a cargo ship carrying whisky to America is shipwrecked in the midst of a wartime drought of whisky.

Gillies Mackinnon said: 

I am delighted that Whisky Galore! will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival. This feels like the perfect and most appropriate world premiere for a film which is the remake of a Scottish film classic. 

The cast includes established Scottish actors Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Kevin Guthrie, alongside new talents Sean Biggerstaff, Naomi Battrick and Ellie Kendrick. The film also features playing comedian and actor Eddie Izzard as the uptight Home Guard Captain Waggett. 

EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams said: 

We are absolutely delighted to be staging the world premiere of Whisky Galore! as closing night of this year’s festival. It is a delightful adaptation of a much-loved classic and will wrap up our 70th edition in memorable style. 

Whiskey Galore! will be shown at 5.15pm on Sunday 26 June, with tickets on sale now. 

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 June 2016, and selected tickets are now on sale. Find out more about Film Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

News item email signup thumb 4

Want news and features about Edinburgh's 12 major festivals delivered straight to your inbox? 
Sign up for our regular enewsletters!

Share this article

Jump to sign up form

Keep Up to Date

Sign up for Festival Updates
  • Scottish Government
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Creative Scotland
  • Event Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • British Council Scotland
Back to top ↑