Filming restarts on new James McAvoy thriller set in Lochaber

James McAvoy is in Lochaber this week filming for a new movie.

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A film crew is back working on the Lochaber sets of the new James McAvoy movie this week after one of the members recently tested positive for Covid and had to quarantine in Ballachulish Hotel.

Filming on the remake of a French thriller, My Son, came to a halt when the case of Covid was discovered earlier this month.

It is understood the crew member who tested positive had travelled from France, bringing the movie-making to a stop.

Locations include the area around Loch Leven, Glencoe, Ballachulish and elsewhere.

Producer Rebecca O’Brien, from Sixteen Films, said it was only one crew member and four of his close contacts who had to self-isolate.

Award-winning Scottish actor Mr McAvoy, star of blockbusters such as the X-Men series and Deadpool, and British actress Claire Foy and others, were able to put the time off-set to good use and ‘prepare’ for filming to restart.

‘Ballachulish Hotel is a lovely place to be holed up. Everyone was tested. Only five had to self-isolate. We’ve been delayed about one week but we’re back on now and raring to go,’ Ms O’Brien added.

‘We are really happy the way everyone has kept to all the rules around Covid and we are delighted to be back filming with some terrific actors in amazing locations in Lochaber.’

A spokesperson for hotel owners Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels said the hotel had been exclusively booked out by the crew for the entirety of the filming so no other guests were affected.

A spokesperson for Ballachulish Covid-19 Community Support Group said: ‘Our group was made aware of the positive Covid case, but we were not required to take any action in the community.’

In the film, McAvoy plays a man desperately searching for his son who travels to the town where his ex-wife lives as he looks for answers.

In a format twist, McAvoy the actor has to solve the mystery at the centre of the film without any help from anyone else, or a script or pre-written dialogue for that matter, and will in effect have to improvise his own way through the scenes.

Local landowners Jahama Estates says Sixteen Films is utilising a large range of local facilities and working with many local businesses, and employing local staff in support of the production.

Jahama Estates liaison manager Jonathan Hart told the Lochaber Times: ‘We are asking for support from the village, hillwalkers, mountain bikers and for other members of the public to be patient with their access to our Mamore Lodge access roads, this week [October 26-31] so that the film production company can complete its operations safely and in a short a time frame as possible.

‘For example, there will be a range of lighting and rigging structures across the access road and around the lodge itself, as well as vehicle movements on the tracks.

‘These operations will pose a significant health and safety hazard and hence we are asking that members of the public be aware of these operations in this area during these key dates.

‘Sixteen films will have staff members – recruited locally – located at key access points during the rehearsal and filming days to advise any members of the public and to assist with any access inquiries.

‘The production staff will have maps with them to advise of alternative routes that avoid the filming.  There may be some corresponding delays whilst a shoot is completed before we can partially re-open sections of the main Mamore Lodge track to allow access on foot or by bike.

‘By working with the community in this way, once filming is complete in the most efficient timescale, we can return to our normal position of supporting responsible public access in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

‘If any members of the public have any questions regarding access then please contact me on 07483-301355.  Access for the emergency services will be maintained.  Please accept our thanks in advance for your support with this temporary inconvenience.’