“We are really happy to see the musical being transformed into a film. The musical has a brilliant storyline and a great cast alongside a wealth of great talent behind the cameras. Our very best wishes go to all involved” Craig & Charlie Reid


Press Release


LONDON & GLASGOW – 5th November, 2012 –DNA and Black Camel Pictures are delighted to announce that shooting for SUNSHINE ON LEITH began on 4th November 2012. The film will shoot for 6 weeks in and around the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.

SUNSHINE ON LEITH stars Peter Mullan (War Horse, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) and Jane Horrocks (Little Voice), George McKay (Defiance, The Boys are Back), Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas (‘Misfits’) and Freya Mavor (‘Skins’).

This universally appealing contemporary musical is set in Scotland and imaginatively features the legendary music of The Proclaimers to tell amoving and uplifting story.

Written and adapted by Stephen Greenhorn from his hugely successful and critically acclaimed stage musical of the same name, SUNSHINE ON LEITH is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) and produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich from DNA, and Arabella Page Croft and Kieran Parker from Black Camel Pictures.

Director, Dexter Fletcher said “With Sunshine on Leith we really have something special that will put smiles on the most hardened faces.Great songs, a wonderful cast and a lot of heart will create our sunshine world.”

Producer, Andrew Macdonald said “We are thrilled to be working on Stephen Greenhorn’s wonderful adaptation along with Dexter and such a great cast. It’s particularly exciting for me to be back producing a film in Scotland for the first time since Trainspotting.”

Black Camel Pictures said “Sunshine is a foot tapping feel good project that is blessed with terrific partners on its journey from script to screen. Stephen’s heartwarming script and The Proclaimer’s uplifting soundtrack allowed Black Camel to attract strong producing partners in DNA with the support of Entertainment, Creative Scotland and BFI. It’s a fantasticfilmmaking opportunity for Black Camel and for Scotland.”

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said;  “We are delighted to see the realisation of this exciting film and proud to have supported its development and production though our investment in Black Camel Pictures. It features a wealth of Scottish talent from writers, actors, craft and technical crew, not to mention showcasing the musical talent of The Proclaimers.”

Financed by Entertainment Film Distributors, the BFI Film Fund and Creative Scotland.

Entertainment Film Distributors have the UK rights.


About DNA Films
DNA is run by Andrew Macdonald and hisproducing partner Allon Reich and is one of the UK’s most successful production companies. Productions include Dredd, Never Let Me Go, The Last King of Scotland, Notes on a Scandal, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, The Beach, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.

About Black CamelPictures
Black Camel Pictures is a successful Scottish based feature film andmulti-platform company run by producer duo team Arabella Page Croft and Kieran Parker.  The company has built their reputation around their low budget action horror series OutpostOutpost 2: Black Sun andOutpost 3: Rise Of The Spetsnaz and they also produced the psychological thriller Legacy.


About BFI Film Fund

The BFI Film Fund champions creative excellence and boldness of vision, supporting filmmakers at every step of their journey to create distinctive and entertaining films.

Working with writers, directors and producers, from first time filmmakers to established, world class talent; BFI Film Fund invests Lottery funding in the development, production and completion of short and long form projects.

Films supported by BFI Film Fund include Phyllida Lloyd’s Academy Award® winning The Iron Lady; James Watkins’ box office hit The Woman in Black; Steve McQueen’s BAFTA nominated Shame; Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin; Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life; Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights; and Paddy Considine’s BAFTA award-winning Tyrannosaur.

Recent productions include: Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share (which screened In Competition at Cannes 2012 and won the 2012 Jury Prize), Rufus Norris’ Broken (which opened Critics’ Week at Cannes 2012), Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers (which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2012), Nick Murphy’s Blood, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, James Griffiths’ Cuban Fury, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars, Omid Nooshin’s Last Passenger, Julien Temple’s LONDON – The Modern Babylon, Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Scott Graham’s Shell, Mat Whitecross’ Spike Island, Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Eran Creevy’s Welcome To The Punch.


The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for
  • today and future generations
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences


About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. We will invest almost £83m of Scottish Government and National Lottery funding during 2012-2013. Our vision is: That Scotland is recognised as a leading creative nation – one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and the creative industries aresupported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured, a nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of our population. www.creativescotland.com