Made in Oban, screened in Los Angeles

The Right Bus was filmed in and around Oban

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A romantic movie filmed in Oban and Kerrera has been screened at a Los Angeles film festival.

The Right Bus, based on a book by Glenn Ward who fell in love with Oban and the West Coast as a tourist, has won rave reviews, being named as a semi-finalist in the stateside LOVE International Film Festival.

Mr Ward, who used to live in Glasgow but has now made Spain’s Costa Blanca his home, featured Oban and Kerrera in his book, with the Regent Hotel and the town’s whisky also getting a mention in its pages.

So it was fitting that movie-maker Robbie Moffat, in association with Pink Flamingo Films, headed to the area with a crew to shoot it in 2018.

Mr Ward’s son Ed plays the part of a marine biologist David Gregson based on Kerrera who meets an American widow and her two children while tagging Arctic terns bred on the island with GPS trackers.

The plot revolves around him developing a relationship with the young widow who comes to Oban after inheriting properties from an aunt who fell for a soldier billeted in the town during the Second World War.

Mr Ward, who came up with the storyline while sailing round the Mediterranean, said the theme of the book was about making the right choices in life – getting on the right bus.

‘At last, after all the pandemic delays, the film has been presented at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is a semi-finalist. This is hugely important for Oban which features so prominently in the book and film,’ said publicist Gwendoline Holliday who contacted The Oban Times to share the good news.

And Mr Ward said what pleased him most about publishing the book was the number of people who wrote to say how much it made them want to visit the area, particularly Oban.

‘This sort of reaction came from readers who had no connection with Scotland at
all or in the case of those who did have a link, a yearning to follow their instinctive wish to go there as soon as they’d finished reading it.

‘I have spent many years sailing along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts and can speak from first hand experience that there could have been no better location for The Right Bus than Oban.’

Caption: The Right Bus was filmed in and around Oban