Although it doesn't quite have the southern California sun of Hollywood, movie producers have always looked towards Edinburgh for inspiration, and the city has provided the backdrop for some of the most iconic films of our generation. The capital, draped in extraordinary architecture and historic finery, is an undeniably beautiful setting for filmmakers. We've picked out some of our favourite Edinburgh-inspired choices for movie night.
Complete with an Edinburgh cast, setting and dialogue, Trainspotting is the first on our list of truly Edinburgh-inspired movies. The film is based on the novel by Edinburgh writer Irvine Welsh, and despite a handful of the movie scenes being shot in Glasgow, the film hasn't lost any of its Edinburgh character. The plot follows the lives of the novel's roughish characters and provides an insight to Edinburgh's darker underbelly. The movie features notable Edinburgh landmarks like Arthur's Seat and Princes' Street.
Sunshine on Leith
On a much brighter note, Edinburgh's take on musicals, Sunshine on Leith, follows the narrative of two post-Afghanistan soldiers as they return to civilian life in Leith. The film doesn't shy away from the shadowy aspects of the city and in between bursts of song, the script follows infidelity, humiliation and rejection. During the movie, we catch a glimpse of the Royal Mile, Hanover Street and the Grassmarket and, believe it or not, the sunshine caught on film is genuine.
Avengers: Infinity War
Our highest grossing pick is the most complicated shoot to ever take place in the city of Edinburgh. Filmed over a seven-week period throughout the capital's city centre and Old Town, the global franchise brought particular attention to Waverley Station, Cockburn Street and the Royal Mile in their production.
Another raw adaptation from the mind of Irvine Welsh, Filth focuses on the diverse lifestyle of Edinburgh detective depicted by Scotland's own James McAvoy. The police detective narrates his personal triumphs and tribulations as he battles with addiction and mental health while sustaining his reputation in the force. The film takes us on a tour of all things Edinburgh. Featuring the Castle and the Grassmarket the setting also features some less picturesque scenes of Edinburgh's council estates.
JK Rowling conceived the world-famous Harry Potter series here in the cosy corners of Edinburgh's cafes. The Elephant House prides itself on its Harry Potter association and, despite its British connotations, the story began in the heart of Edinburgh. Walking around the historic city, it is clear where the author gathered her inspiration for the wonderful wizarding world. Diagon Alley bares an undeniable resemblance to Victoria Street and, of course, the similarities between Edinburgh Castle and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are obvious.
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