A comedian hopes the remake of an iconic Scottish movie will put a North-east village on the map.
Eddie Izzard plays the role of uptight Home Guard Captain Wagget in the remake of Whisky Galore! which was filmed in Portsoy.
The £5 million film follows residents of the island of Todday and their efforts to retrieve a cargo of 50,000 cases of whisky from the SS Cabinet Minister after she runs aground.
Eddie said it was great to see residents turn out to watch the filming of the movie.
He said: “There was one occasion where I was doing a scene and we got a round of applause at the end.
“People in Portsoy were very welcoming so I hope we help put the village on the map.”
While in the area the actor also took the time to do a gig at Banff Academy to raise money for a local Scout Hut.
He added: “After the Banff gig the cast had a ceilidh in a Portsoy cafe with cast and crew bringing their own guitars and singing together, so we all had a good time.”
Eddie took on the role because he enjoys working with director Gillies Mackinnon.
He said: “Gillies is an artist as well as a director and he is story-driven.
“I was happy to go with his vision.
“We decided the story wasn’t a comedy, but a drama, a quirky drama.
“I’ve got another job that involves comedy, so I tend not to act in comedies, but more twisted dark stuff.”
The film is a remake of the 1949 classic directed by Alexander Mackendrick, which was based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie.
His novel was based on the true story of the SS Politician which ran aground in fog off the coast of Eriskay.
Written by Peter McDougall, the cast includes Gregor Fisher, Naomi Battrick, Sean Biggerstaff, Ellie Kendrick and Kevin Guthrie.
Producer Alan Wands was responsible for the physical production of the shoot and said that while the film story was simple, realising the production was not.
He said: “There was some pressure to shoot on the island but the logistics don’t work.
“There isn’t the infrastructure to support a modern film unit in terms of moving crew and equipment to and from the islands and on the islands and there isn’t enough accommodation, especially as we were shooting during the summer.”
Alan was producing Stonemouth, a TV adaptation of Iain Banks’ novel, shooting around the north coast of Aberdeenshire, mainly in Macduff, when he found the location for the movie.
He said: “I was staying in Cullen and drove to Macduff everyday via Portsoy. One day I took a detour and discovered the harbour. The 17th-century buildings and the two harbours just screamed Todday – that location was the first breakthrough in finding our island.”
The crew also had to work with the sea and boats.
He added: “Working with the sea means working with the tides.
“The tides change twice daily, and at different times each day, so shooting time has to be scheduled around that. Running a schedule according to the moon was a new challenge for me.
“Then we had to find a vintage boat to play the role of the island ferry – The Island Queen.
“It had to be vintage and seaworthy, it had to be based not too far away and it had to be of a size to fit in and out of Portsoy Harbour, while scheduling around high tide.”
Locations all over Scotland were used to portray the island’s geography, including Loch Lomond, the cliffs of St Abbs and the Fife fishing village in St Monans.
The film will be released in Scotland on Friday ahead of the wider UK release on May 19.