Fort welcomes film crew for major new movie

The film crew sets up equipment - seen on the right - and lighting rigs to illuminate Fort William High Street last week for the new movie. Picture: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO F48 High Street filming

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Fort William’s High Street was turned into a Hollywood-style movie lot for three nights last week for the filming of a new Scottish film about a girls’ choir.

Sony Pictures International is producing the big screen version of The Sopranos, based on Alan Warner’s 1998 coming of age novel of the same name about a group of wild Catholic schoolgirls heading for a national choir competition.

It is being directed by Broxburn-born Michael Caton-Jones, who helmed Rob Roy, Doc Hollywood and Memphis Belle.

The film is yet unnamed but will feature a different title from Warner’s book to avoid confusion with the Mafia-themed television series of the same name.

For several hours each night last week from Wednesday to Friday, a film crew shot a number of scenes at various locations in and around the High Street.

The film will tell how The Sopranos – leaders and cool girls from a rural Scottish convent school – are bussed into Edinburgh from their small port town to participate in the singing competition.

As part of the filming in Fort William, the frontage of the Nickel and Dime hardware shop was transformed into the ‘Venus Mantrap’ nightclub, much to the amusement of local Fort William townsfolk.

Unfortunately, no one from the film crew was available to speak to the Lochaber Times due to a non-disclosure agreement.