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Fort William’s new cinema will host a major movie premiere tonight (Thursday) with the first showing of Christmas rom-com Lost at Christmas, much of which was filmed locally before the lockdown.
Featuring Lochaber locations including Fort William and Glencoe, Lost At Christmas is based on the acclaimed short film Perfect Strangers (2015) and boasts a supporting cast of well-known faces including Frazer Hines, Sanjeev Kohli, Clare Grogan and Sylvester McCoy, while the leads are played by Kenny Boyle and Natalie Clark.
Directed by Scottish Bafta-nominated film-maker Ryan Hendrick and made by his own company Magic Monkey Films, it is a tale of two strangers who find themselves stranded in the Highlands on Christmas Eve.
The premiere night begins with a short introduction from cinema owner Angus MacDonald and Mr Hendrick at 7pm, followed by the feature film. Immediately after, there will be a short question and answer clip with the director and the two lead actors.
Mr Hendrick told the Lochaber Times this week it was a perfect combination with Fort William’s new independent cinema hosting an independent film.
‘The Highlands has a long affiliation with independent cinemas – just look at the popularity of the Screen Machine mobile cinema, so this is a great link up and I’m really looking forward to Thursday night and seeing what people think,’ he told the Lochaber Times.
‘The official release date is November 4, but I bumped into Angus MacDonald at a BBC Radio Scotland interview and we ended up talking about showing the film first in Fort William. And it’s going to be running for two weeks which is also great.’
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Lost at Christmas director, Ryan Hendrick, pictured, will be in Fort William for tonight’s premiere.
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