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Afternoon Film: Whisky Galore (PG)
September 18 @ 14:00pm - 15:35pm£3
A new version of a much loved movie for today’s audience.
Based on the true story of the SS Politician was an 8000-ton cargo ship sailing for Kingston, Jamaica and New Orleans with a cargo including 28,000 cases of malt whisky. On 5 February 1941, during gale force winds, she ran aground off the Island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides.
Islanders off the coast of Scotland compete with a stuffy English commander to recover 50,000 cases of whisky from a wrecked cargo vessel.
‘What makes the film so pleasurable is the humour and lyricism’ The Independent
Dir: Gillies MacKinnon, 98 mins, starring: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick
The setting is a remote Hebridean island at the height of the Second World War. The film has barely started when total disaster strikes. “Gentlemen, my quota is finished,” the doleful barman tells his regulars. “There is no more whisky. The island is dry.” Morale plummets. On the isle of Toddy, whisky really is considered the water of life. Without it, social life grinds to a halt. That’s why the islanders react with such joy when the SS Cabinet Minister, a ship bound for New York with 50,000 cases of whisky in its cargo, runs aground not far from the shore.
“[Director Gillies] MacKinnon doesn’t update the story; he relishes its solid, old-fashioned quality.” Top Critic Rotten Tomatoes
“Eddie Izzard is excellent as the pompous English Home Guard officer, as is Fenella Woolgar as his wife, who clearly sympathises with the locals.”Top Critic Rotten Tomatoes
Accessible Cabaret seating/no steps/ hearing loop/ Low lighting throughout film/ tea and biscuits £1
Free Dial-a-ride Bus available from Bishop’s Castle and Lydbury North
Supported by the Friends of Bishop’s Castle Community, Care Home and Hospital.
All Tickets £3 Accompanying Carers FREE