EDIE: showcasing some of the most spectacular scenery in the North Highlands
Arrow Films are delighted to announce the UK release of EDIE, in cinemas from 25th May, 2018. The film received its World Premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was also nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award. Director Simon Hunter’s EDIE features a truly moving performance from Sheila Hancock (Cabaret, Entertaining Mr Sloane) in an inspiring tale.
Meet Edith Moore (Sheila Hancock) an elderly woman, who in the aftermath of the death of her controlling husband, decides to fulfil a life-long dream and overcome a lifetime of bitterness and resentment. At the tender age of eighty-three, Edie sets out to try and capture a little of the magic she had as a young girl by climbing a Scottish mountain. Against her daughter’s wishes, she heads to Scotland and employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie – Dunkirk, Whisky Galore!) to help her prepare for the gruelling climb ahead – which sparks an unusual friendship.
EDIE is a tale of triumph over adversity as the film’s title character embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. EDIE has partnered with the North Coast 500 to promote the film; in this blog post, we’ll introduce you to some of the majestic locations along the NC500 route which set the scene for this exhilarating film.
Much of EDIE was filmed at Suilven (Sula Bheinn), one of the most distinctive mountains in Scotland. Located within Inverpolly Nature Reserve in the west of Sutherland, Suilven forms a steep-sided ridge over a mile in length. The highest point, known as Caisteal Li- ath – or the Grey Castle – lies at the northwest end of this ridge. There are two other summits: Meall Meadhonach (Middle Round Hill) at the central point of the ridge, and Meall Beag (Little Round Hill) at the south-eastern end.
If, like Sheila Hancock’s Edie, scaling Suilven is on your must-do list, why not tie this adventure into a wider trip along the North Coast 500? Suilven rises almost vertically from a wild landscape of moorland, bogs and lochs – all of which is waiting to be explored. The main NC500 route can be easily access from several inland points, and most attractions are only a short drive from the coast – many of which can be grouped together for an enjoyable day tour.
It’s also important to mention that in 2005, Drumrunie Estate and the neighbouring Glencanisp Estate, of which Suilven forms part, were bought by the local community with the help of the John Muir Trust. The Assynt Foundation works to safeguard the natural and cultural heritage of this beautiful part of the North Coast 500 route, for the benefit of the community and future generations, and for the enjoyment of the wider public.
Another key filming location for EDIE is Lochiver, just north-west of Suilven. This picturesque village is set amidst one of the last great unspoiled wildernesses in Europe and, if you haven’t explored far off the beaten track of the main North Coast 500 route, now is the perfect time to see for yourself the majestic scenery which inspires Edie so dramatically in the film. A slow-paced retreat at Inver Lodge Hotel is the perfect way to unwind after several days on the road: unwind in front of the roaring log fire in the foyer, or follow in Sheila Hancock’s footsteps, lace up your walking boots and explore the surrounding Assynt Hills.
If you haven’t already purchased a NC500 membership, make this part of your planning for a trip to the North Highlands – you’ll receive a host of discounts, as well as access to all our itineraries to help plot your route. In the meantime, EDIE will leave you feeling inspired, illuminated, and ready to explore the beautiful Highlands of Scotland for yourself.
IN CINEMAS FROM 25TH MAY 2018
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