Nesbitt filming Scottish horror film
Edinburgh is rather excited at the moment as a Scottish horror film buzzes around the city filming at various locations with the much loved actor James Nesbitt. The film is called Outcast and is the story of a woman called Mary and her teenage son who both belong to a race of people with magical powers. They try to keep their distance from humans, hiding among them, but her ex-boyfriend, a traveller called Cathal, is on their trail.
James Nesbitt plays Cathal while Red Road actress Katie Dick plays Mary, and not only are the film locations dotted around Edinburgh, but some of the acting talent is local too.
Hannah Stanbridge is a young actress from Penicuik and plays the love interest of Mary's teenage son played by Niall Bruton.
IMDB have a more interesting blurb, which I'll avoid the closing line for fear it gives too much away:
"It tells the tale of Petronella (a Scottish/Romany girl) and Fergal (her mysterious Irish traveller boyfriend). As their doomed relationship plays out, a Beast stalks the estate, killing locals, working its way towards our protagonists. Meanwhile Cathal and Liam, two mysterious travellers from Ireland use ritual and magic on a blood hunt. Mary, Fergal's mother performs ritual and magic of her own."
The story from The Scotsman through friend and reader Nick, tells us that the film was conceived by its writer and director Colm McCarthy, who was born in Edinburgh, based in part on his childhood growing up in Craigmillar, in Edinburgh.
Now they are filming across Edinburgh, and have been for a week or so already. Each morning you hear about another location and people head over to see if they can see the star. With another week or so of filming set for the city it then heads off to Ireland.
McCarthy said of the film:
"It fits very firmly into the horror genre. The thing that gives it its edge is its realistic, urban feel. It's based on the real lives of people on housing schemes in Edinburgh. What we've thrown into the mix is Celtic mythology...
...We've found most of the young actors in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our young star Hanna is a very promising actress."
I'm really glad that they are using some local talent because so often that just isn't the case.
Outcast sounds a really interesting film, and I'm dying to get down to the set to see if we can grab anything interesting. If you're listening to Forth FM and they tell you it's filming near you, head over there and see what you can see, maybe grab some shots and send them over.
After watching Jekyll I'm always keen to see something that shows Nesbitt's darker side, and this looks just the thing, a horror film with a killer beast at the heart set in Edinburgh. Superb.