Lochaber siblings in big screen movie western

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Lochaber’s rising stars of the big screen Megan and Jack Daynes will be seen in a new independent Western movie.

‘Attack on Tranquility’ is produced by Samson Video Productions and Tranquility Productions and premieres at Belmont Film House in Aberdeen on Sunday.

Megan, who along with Jack is a former pupil of Kinlochleven High School, says she is excited to get the lead role as Mollie Parker in the movie which was filmed last summer, in a small replica western town on the outskirts of Huntly in Aberdeenshire.

Megan Daynes plays Mollie Parker in the film. Photograph: Lyn Reid. NO F18 Megan tranquility 2
Megan Daynes plays Mollie Parker in the film. Photograph: Lyn Reid.
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The town ‘Tranquility’ was the brainchild of Alistair Baranowski who, in 2005, built the frontier American West town in the field behind his home.

Joined by her brother Jack, who acted alongside Megan as a stunt extra, the brother and sister team enjoyed gun fights, bar brawls and going back in time to live in the Wild West.

The movie’s plot sees Mollie Parker living a peaceful life in Tranquility with her suitor Sheriff Mickey Garrett, played by Aberdeen actor Devon Thompson.

Jack Daynes worked as a stunt extra on the western. Photograph: Lyn Reid. NO F18 Jack Daynes by Lyn Reid
Jack Daynes worked as a stunt extra on the western. Photograph: Lyn Reid.
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But the quiet life and hopes of a Sunday social date are abruptly stopped when Crazy Jack’s Gang come to town causing mayhem, death and destruction.

Megan told the Lochaber Times: ‘Living in the frontier town was an amazing opportunity. We were back in the Wild West with no running water, electricity or heat.

‘Getting away from today’s fast-paced world and ‘un-plugging’ was a treat. My lodgings for the week were behind bars in bunk beds in the jail house.

‘The director, cast and crew have all become great friends.’

Jack added: ‘It was great putting some of my recent stunt training into practice. No spoilers, but it is a lot of fun to ‘fight’ with your sister in a whole new way.’

 

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Katie Daynes stars alongside Aberdeen actor Devon Thompson in the new western. Photograph: Lyn Reid.

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