Sunshine on Leith, the critically acclaimed Scottish musical featuring songs by the The Proclaimers, is now available on iTunes, and if you haven’t heard of it this is a great chance to check it out. In the ever growing musical genre, Sunshine on Leith stands out with an excellent combination of perfect story-telling, music and casting to bring together the story of war, home, family and love. After premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the musical took the No. 2 spot at the UK box office, receiving extremely positive reviews. Adapted by director Dexter Fletcher from the stage musical hit of the same name, there are many reasons to see this film, here are five of them.
5. The Proclaimers!
Even if you don’t know who The Proclaimers are by name, we are willing to bet that you have tapped your foot to their famously catchy tune “500 Miles.” Sunshine on Leith, named after the 1988 studio album by The Proclaimers, is the ultimate way to experience their music as the entire musical is based on tracks by the group. Identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid hail from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland and are still touring the world extensively. Sunshine on Leith includes 14 tracks from the group beginning with “Sky Takes the Soul,” and ending with the iconic “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” The duo even make a brief cameo in the film. Watch for them at the beginning as the two men whom Davy and Ally nearly bump into while singing “I’m On My Way.”