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EIFF gets off to a Flyer!

The 60th EIFF was straight into top gear last night, thanks to the Gala World Premiere of The Flying Scotsman, the inspirational film based on the life of local hero Graeme Obree. Cast and crew from t...

The 60th EIFF was straight into top gear last night, thanks to the Gala World Premiere of The Flying Scotsman, the inspirational film based on the life of local hero Graeme Obree.

Cast and crew from the film proudly walked along the red carpet for the Gala screening at Cineworld. Former World Champion cyclist Graeme was delighted to finally see the biopic make it to the big screen. “The whole process has taken twelve years,” he commented. “But seeing the final cut, it actually brought back the sweaty palms and the sound of the gun going off.”

Director Douglas MacKinnon pointed out that this is more than just another sports movie, even with the stunningly shot race sequences. “I don’t think the film’s really about cycling, it’s about Graeme, it’s about how you live your life” he added.

Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd explained why he was delighted to be part of a local production. “It was the script and, growing up watching Bill Forsyth movies, you want there to be a Scottish screen and film industry,” he said. “So when something like this was happening I really wanted to be involved in it.”

Lead actress Laura Fraser and Edinburgh-born actor Niall Fulton were also present for the Gala screening. Fulton, who provides a tremendous turn as a local hard-man in the movie, was heartily praised by the director. “He came in for an audition and he just blew me away," Mackinnon observed. "I hope he's destined for greater things with really substantial parts.”

One can only wish similar good fortune for this tremendously cinematic and inspiring biopic, which has the potential to be a hit wherever it plays.

See pictures from the Press Conference and Gala screening of The Flying Scotsman in our Photo Gallery.

 
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