Screen Tiree Goes Viral

T3 Trainspotting Tiree from jack lockhart on Vimeo.

One of our local community groups, Screen Tiree has recently gone viral with their own remake of the iconic, Trainspotting scene.

The popular scene which sees cast member Ewan McGregor running through Edinburgh streets has been reshot here on Tiree, featuring islanders and members of the Screen Tiree committee.

Derek Campbell took on the lead role of ‘Renton’ even throwing in a stunt man move of being hit by a car. The 44 second clip follows, Derek, Jo Vale, Mairi Forbes and Forrest Lockhart running past the Co-op and down towards the Scarinish Hotel, featuring the original soundtrack of ‘lust for life’ and an alternative Tiree version of the voice over: “Choose life. Choose gale force winds. Choose whole families of cyclists going really slowly on single track roads. Choose power cuts. Choose no signal on your mobile phone. Choose ferry cancellations due to adverse weather conditions. Choose rusty cars. Choose wellies and a fleece. Choose your future. Choose Tiree’.

Screen Tiree set up just over a year ago with the aim to reintroduce a form of cinema club and movie screenings to the community. Since then they have put on 14 films and organised a variety of opportunities for children through the ‘into film’ initiative. The latest film that was shown was the Trainspotting sequel, T2, where the audience received the first glimpse of the local scene.

The clip was created entirely by the Screen Tiree committee, filmed in only a couple of hours using a mobile phone. However, it has since been uploaded to social media and has now been viewed over 10,000 times through shares on Facebook and mentioned in The Oban Times and in national newspaper, The Sun.

It was even retweeted by the author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, who simple commented ‘love it’. Fantastic! The film will also be screened at a film festival in Italy next week!

Screen Tiree hopes to continue making as well as screening films as it’s such a great way of bringing people together for a great time! With the success of their first effort, I am very much looking forward to seeing what else can be produced. The Screen Tiree programme of screenings has now finished for the summer and they are planning a new season for the autumn although they do have a few rainy day titles up their sleeve. To keep up to date with all the latest events and screenings search for ‘Screen Tiree’ on Facebook and look out for local adverts within An Tirisdeach.

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